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Polytheism and Society at Athens

Robert Parker


This book makes use of recently discovered archaeological and epigraphical evidence to give an account of the religious life of ancient Athens. The city's many festivals are discussed in detail, with attention to recent anthropological theory; so too, for instance, are the cults of households and of smaller groups, the role of religious practice and argumentation in public life, the authority of priests, the activities of religious professionals such as seers and priestesses, magic, and the place of theatrical representations of the gods within public attitudes to the divine. A final section c ... More

Keywords: polytheism, ancient Athens, festivals, cults, priests, seers, priestesses, magic, gods, religious life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199216116
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Parker, author
Wykeham Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford
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