Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek Myth and Religion
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Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek Myth and Religion

Edited by Menelaos Christopoulos , Edited by Efimia D. Karakantza , Edited by Olga Levaniouk , Contributions by Mercedes Aguirre , Contributions by Richard Buxton , Contributions by Soteroula Constantinidou , Contributions by Ken Dowden , Contributions by Radcliffe G. Edmonds , Contributions by Ariadni Gartziou-Tatti , Contributions by Daniel Iakov

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Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek Myth and Religion is a ground-breaking volume dedicated to a thorough examination of the well known empirical categories of light and darkness as it relates to modes of thought, beliefs and social behavior in Greek culture. With a systematic and multidisciplinary approach, the book elucidates the light/darkness dichotomy in color semantics, appearance and concealment of divinities and creatures of darkness, the eye sight and the insight vision, and the role of the mystic or cultic.

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  • Hardback | 324 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • 15 Nov 2010
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739138987
  • 9780739138984
  • 1,392,541

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Menelaos Christopoulos is associate professor of ancient Greek literature in the Department of Philology at Patras University. Efimia D. Karakantza is a lecturer in ancient Greek literature in the Department of Philology at Patras University. Olga Levaniouk is an associate professor of Classics at the University of Washington.

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A beautiful bunch of manifold studies, which lets us grasp the issue of light and darkness within the Greek world under several aspects and explore its very complexity. -- Vinciane Pirenne, Universite de Liege Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek Myth and Religion is an instructive and stimulating collection of authoritative essays on the semiotics and symbolism, the ritual, cosmological, social, and spiritual dimensions of light and darkness in ancient Greece. The editors draw on a wide range of literary, anthropological, religious, and historical scholarship to break new ground in the interpretation of Greek culture. -- Seth L. Schein, University of California at Davis This is a productive and welcome contribution to an under explored field, particularly in bringing the work of Greek scholars to an English-speaking audience...The index is useful, while extensive endnoting renders references unobtrusive to the casual reader, but valuable to the researcher. Overall, it is a physically and intellectually solid volume, well worth its price, and of more general interest than the title perhaps suggests. Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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