Introducing New Gods: The Politics of Athenian Religion

Introducing New Gods: The Politics of Athenian Religion


By (author) Robert Garland

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  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 25mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1992
  • Publication City/Country: Ithaca
  • ISBN 10: 0801427665
  • ISBN 13: 9780801427664
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 30 halftones, 14 line drawings

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The religious imagination of the Greeks, Robert Garland observes, was populated by divine beings whose goodwill could not be counted upon, and worshipers faced a heavy burden of choice among innumerable deities to whom they might offer their devotion. These deities and Athenian polytheism itself remained in constant flux as cults successively came into favor and waned. Examining the means through which the Athenians established and marketed cults, this handsomely illustrated book is the first to illuminate the full range of motives political and economic, as well as spiritual that prompted them to introduce new gods."

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"In this book Robert Garland gives us a set of well-researched studies on a subject of importance for ancient Greece and Western civilization. Classical Greece presents a multitude of modestly scaled, sovereign communities, connected by common culture and with religion a salient feature. Each polis possessed cults of pan-Hellenic, Olympian divinities and cults of heroes. The pattern of cults in a given polis was the result of that city's individual history, with all the variety and quirkiness characteristic of historical evolution. Garland describes how one polis, Athens, acquired its constellation of cults." American Historical Review"