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    DescriptionJane Harrison examines the festivals of ancient Greek religion to identify the primitive 'substratum' of ritual and its persistence in the realm of classical religious observance and literature. In Harrison's preface to this remarkable book, she writes that J. G. Frazer's work had become part and parcel of her 'mental furniture' and that of others studying primitive religion. Today, those who write on ancient myth or ritual are bound to say the same about Harrison. Her essential ideas, best developed and most clearly put in the Prolegomena, have never been eclipsed.

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    Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jane Ellen Harrison
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 718
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 839 g
    ISBN 13: 9780691015149
    ISBN 10: 0691015147

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25420
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    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
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    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A13283500
    DC22: 292.08
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    DC20: 292.08
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    LC classification: BL785 .H4 1991, 90024338
    Thema V1.0: QDHA, NK, QRS
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    25 June 1991
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review text
    A big, bustling cornucopia of facts marshalled into an impassioned argument, Harrison's book offers the pleasures of an intellectual chase, sweeping in all kinds of arcane information along the way. Her mission was to topple the Olympian gods from their pedestal in Greek studies and replace them with a welter of local rituals and mystery cults. This, she argued, was where the Greek ethos came from, not Homer at all. Her book is massive, encrusted with detail, a monument to a forgotten kind of scholarship. (Kirkus UK)
    Back cover copy
    "Harrison's "Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion" is a book that breathes life. It is an exciting, deeply felt intellectual quest, with a broad view of the role of religion in life, ancient and modern. Harrison is not afraid to look for relevance in archaic cult, and doesn't flinch on finding it. From a study of Greek anthropomorphism, she can conclude, like a seeress looking beyond the early twentieth century: 'to be human is not necessarily to be humane.'"--Richard Martin, Princeton University