A Local History of Greek Polytheism

A Local History of Greek Polytheism : Gods, People and the Land of Aigina, 800-400 BCE

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This book provides the first comprehensive and detailed study of the deities and cults of the important Greek island-state of Aigina from the Geometric to Classical periods (800-400 BCE). It rests on a thorough first-hand reconsideration of the archaeological, epigraphic and literary evidence. The development of the local cults is reconstructed, along with their interrelationships and how they responded to the social needs of the Aiginetans. Revising other recent models of interpretation, the author proposes a distinctive approach, informed by anthropology and social theory, to the study of the religious life of the ancient Greeks. On this basis, she uses the case of Aigina to explore fundamental issues such as the nature and variety of local religious worlds and their relationship to the panhellenic concepts and practices of Greek religion.
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  • Hardback | 690 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 40.64mm | 1,216g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • XXVIII, 668 Pp., Index. ed.
  • 5 Line drawings, black and white; 40 Illustrations, black and white
  • 9004234047
  • 9789004234048
  • 2,238,218

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'Die langjahrige Beschaftigung der Autorin mit diesem Thema und die profunde Kenntnis der literarischen, epigraphischen und archaologischen Quellen haben zu einem informativen Gesamtwerk gefuhrt, das von einem interdisziplinaren Zugang gepragt ist'

Joerg Weilhartner, Vienna, Gymnasium 123, Marz 2016
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About Irene Polinskaya

Irene Polinskaya, Ph.D. (2001) in Classics, Stanford University, is Lecturer in Greek History at King's College London. She has published articles on approaches to the study of Greek religion, as well as on the history and epigraphy of ancient Aigina.
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