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Religion of the GodsRitual, Paradox, and Reflexivity$
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Kimberley Christine Patton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195091069

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195091069.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The Problem of Sacrificing Gods

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(p.3) Introduction
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Religion of the Gods
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Kimberley Christine Patton (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195091069.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   Greek gods, Greek vase paintings, religious rituals, sacrifice, worship

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