Greek Sacrificial Ritual,
Olympian & Chthonian
Proceedings of the Sixth International Seminar on
Ancient Greek Cult, Organized by the Department
of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History,
Goteborg University, 25-27 April 1997
Edited By Robin Hagg & Brita Alroth
Paul Astroms Forlag
230 pages, Illustrated, 6 ½" x 9 ½"
$110.00 Paper Original
A collection of eighteen papers, read or circulated at an international seminar in Goteborg, that deal with the ancient Greek sacrificial ritual, with special reference to the traditional dichotomy between the Olympian and the Chthonian aspect, the relevance of which has been questioned in modern research. Among the special topics discussed are sacrifices to heroes and in the cult of the dead, magical sacrifice, sacrifice to the sea, pig sacrifice and the sacrifice of pregnant animals.
Other aspects dealt with include the role of dedications in the cult and the practicalities of ruler-cult, as well as the priest's role in Greek sacrifice. Several contributions discuss the implications of the recently published lex sacra from Selinous for the understanding of Greek sacrificial practice, reinterpreting previously known inscriptions in the light of new evidence.
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