Introducing New Gods

Introducing New Gods : The Politics of Athenian Religion

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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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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 521.64g
  • Cornell University Press
  • Ithaca, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 30 halftones, 14 line drawings
  • 0801427665
  • 9780801427664

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"Religious innovation is a special problem for polytheists. Worshipers face a heavy burden of choice among countless competitive deities. Religion and politics, nowhere easy to separate, are here inseparable. Every attempt to introduce a new god creates a political and social crisis. New cults seem an obvious key to cultural change in Ancient Greece, but the subject has been relatively neglected. In this nicely written and illustrated book, Robert Garland does much to fill the gap." Journal of the American Academy of Religion"

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