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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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 “Divine Libation”: A Century of Debate

 “Divine Libation”: A Century of Debate

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Religion of the Gods

Kimberley Christine Patton (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores what has been said about the problem of the sacrificing gods, and the implications of each commentary. With some exceptions, two intellectual tendencies prevail in discussions. One is a real reluctance on the part of classical scholars to confront or analyze the anomaly. Comments dating from the late 19th century onward are characteristically brief, and are sometimes included almost as an afterthought to a more general discussion of libation or the larger theme of sacrifice. More common, however, is an aside—a “stab in the dark” at an explanation of this religious phenomenon—in the scholarly publication of a particular artifact or group of artifacts that happen to feature the libating gods theme.

Keywords:   Greek gods, sacrifice, libation, worship

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