Religions of the Ancient World A Guide

ISBN-10: 0674015177
ISBN-13: 9780674015173
Edition: 2004
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List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 732
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.498

Religious beliefs and practices, which permeated all aspects of life in antiquity, traveled well-worn routes throughout the Mediterranean: itinerant charismatic practitioners journeying from place to place peddled their skills as healers, purifiers, cursers, and initiators; and vessels decorated with illustrations of myths traveled with them. New gods encountered in foreign lands by merchants and conquerors were sometimes taken home to be adapted and adopted. A full understanding of this complex spiritual world unfolds in Religions of the Ancient World, the first basic reference work that collects and organizes available information to offer an expansive, comparative perspective. At once sweeping in scope and groundbreaking in format, the Guide eschews the usual encyclopedic approach, instead presenting, side by side, materials from ten cultures and traditions. Thus specific beliefs, cults, gods, and ritual practices that arose and developed in Mediterranean religions--of Egypt, Anatolia and the Near East, Mesopotamia, Iran, Greece, and the Roman world, from the third millennium to the fourth century C.E. --are interpreted in comparison with one another, and with reference to aspects that crisscross cultural boundaries, such as Cosmology, Myth, Law and Ethics, and Magic. Written by leading scholars of ancient religion, the essays in this guide sketch the various religious histories, raise central theoretical issues, and examine individual topics such as Sacred Times and Spaces; Prayers, Hymns, Incantations, and Curses; Sin, Pollution, and Purity; Death, the Afterlife, and Other Last Things; Divination and Prophecy; Deities and Demons; and Sacred Texts and Canonicity. Clearly and stylishly written, grandly illustrated, this comprehensive work welcomes readers as never before into the diversity and interconnections of religion in the ancient world.

Sarah Iles Johnston is Professor of Greek and Latin at Ohio State University.

Introduction Sarah Iles Johnston
Note on Translation and Transliteration
Abbreviations
Maps
Encountering Ancient Religions
What Is Ancient Mediterranean Religion? Fritz Graf
Monotheism and Polytheism Jan Assmann
Ritual Jan Bremmer
Myth Fritz Graf
Cosmology: Time and History
Pollution, Sin, Atonement, Salvation
Law and Ethics Eckart Otto
Mysteries Sarah Iles Johnston
Religions in Contact
Writing and Religion Mary Beard
Magic Sarah Iles Johnston
Histories
Egypt Jan Assmann and David Frankfurter
Mesopotamia Paul-Alain Beaulieu
Syria and Canaan
Israel
Anatolia: Hittites
Iran William Malandra and Michael Stausberg
Minoan and Mycenaean Civilizations Nanno Marinatos
Greece Jon Mikalson
Etruria Olivier de Cazanove
Rome John North
Early Christianity Harold Attridge
Key Topics
Sacred Times and Spaces
Introduction
Egypt
Mesopotamia
Syria-Canaan
Israel
Anatolia
Iran
Greece
Etruria
Rome
Christianity
Dictionary of Religious Festivals
Religious Personnel
Introduction
Egypt
Mesopotamia
Syria-Canaan
Israel
Anatolia
Iran
Greece
Etruria
Rome
Christianity
Religious Organizations and Bodies
Introduction
Egypt
Mesopotamia
Syria-Canaan
Israel
Anatolia
Iran
Greece
Rome
Christianity
Sacrifice, Offerings, and Votives
Introduction
Egypt
Mesopotamia
Syria-Canaan
Israel
Anatolia
Iran
Greece
Etruria
Rome
Christianity
Prayers, Hymns, Incantations, and Curses
Introduction
Egypt
Mesopotamia
Syria-Canaan
Israel
Anatolia
Iran
Greece
Etruria
Rome
Christianity
Divination and Prophecy
Introduction
Egypt
Mesopotamia
Syria-Canaan
Israel
Anatolia
Iran
Greece
Etruria
Rome
Christianity
Deities and Demons
Introduction
Egypt
Mesopotamia
Syria-Canaan
Israel
Anatolia
Iran
Greece and Rome
Etruria
Christianity
Dictionary of Deities and Demons
Religious Practices of the Individual and Family
Introduction
Mesopotamia
Syria-Canaan
Israel
Anatolia
Iran
Greece
Etruria
Rome
Christianity
Rites of Passage
Introduction
Egypt
Mesopotamia
Syria-Canaan
Israel
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