Journals Higher Education



Published: 10 May 2007

576 Pages | 1 map, 32 halftones

ISBN: 9780199216116

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Polytheism and Society at Athens

Robert Parker

Probably more is known about the religious life of Athens than of any other ancient city. This book attempts for the first time to give a comprehensive account of that religion from every angle - public festivals are there, including the Eleusinian Mysteries, but so are private rites and magic, and the treatment of religion by the great playwrights of Athens. The Athenians emerge as both very pious and very down-to-earth.