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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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 “Terribly Strange and Paradoxical”: Literary Evidence of Sacrificing Gods

 “Terribly Strange and Paradoxical”: Literary Evidence of Sacrificing Gods

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(p.101) 3 “Terribly Strange and Paradoxical”: Literary Evidence of Sacrificing Gods
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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/9780195091069.003.0005

There appears to be nothing in ancient Greek literature that sheds light on the possible religions meaning of gods pouring libations. Contemporaneous written interpretations of Olympian gods who pour out wine offerings from cultic bowls are lost, or never existed. This chapter considers known ancient literary evidence that may bear upon the question of divine libations in classical art. These comprise both descriptions of actual cult statues and a more nebulous category made up of classical passages in which gods take part in the performance of ritual—with or without editorializing on the part of the ancient author.

Keywords:   Greek gods, gods pouring libations, vase paintings, cult statues, classical passages, rituals

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