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Smoke Signals for the Gods: Ancient Greek Sacrifice from the Archaic through Roman Periods

F. S. Naiden


This book reexamines Greek sacrifice, commonly seen as a violent rite centered on the deaths of animals and on common meals of meat, and describes it as a problematic occasion for communication with the gods, who do not value animal offerings as highly as has been believed, and do not value violence, but do set esthetic and moral standards for the practice—standards lost sight of because of assumptions about Greek religion dating to Christian polemics in late antiquity. Sacrifice is studied as a cultural artifact, not a kind of behavior—as a practice and not a ritual. Literary, documentary, an ... More

Keywords: religion, sacrifice, animals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199916405
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916405.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

F. S. Naiden, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill