The Problem of Sacrificing Gods
This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the possible meanings of images of gods performing religious rituals, which was prompted by vase painting ascribed to the Berlin painter, one of the great masters of ancient Greek vase-painting. It argues that it is virtually impossible to solve the hermeneutical problem of the “libating gods” in ancient Greek vase painting by staying within the evidence afforded by the tradition. We need to look elsewhere, and we need to subject these images to the multiple recombination afforded only through comparative analysis. Similar images from other religions of the world are then considered in this chapter. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.
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