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Esther Eidinow

Žižek and Robert Pfaller, building on Jacques Lacan’s work and that of Louis Althusser. Their ideas, although relating to another time and place in their formulation, may yet provide historians of ancient (Greek) religion with a provocative model for comprehending how sets of ideas, emerging from social

Jørgen Podemann Sørensen

Journal of Religion in Europe 4 (2011) 501–515 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/187489211X592030 Journal of Religion in Europe Book Reviews Maria-Zoe Petropoulou, Animal Sacrifi ce in Ancient Greek Religion, Judaism, and Christianity, 100 BC to AD 200 (Oxford

Arresting Alternatives

Religious Prejudice and Bacchantic Worship in Greek Literature

Marika Rauhala

Texas Press , 73 ‒ 94 . Eidinow , Esther . 2010 . “ Patterns of Persecution: ‘Witchcraft’ Trials in Classical Athens .” Past and Present 208 : 9 ‒ 35 . DOI : 10.1093/pastj/gtq001. Eidinow , Esther . 2011 . “ Networks and Narratives: A Model for Ancient Greek Religion .” Kernos 24 : 9

Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui

Jáuregui Miguel “ Emar Tode : Recognizing the Crucial Day in Early Greek Poetry” Classical Antiquity 2013 32 1 35 77 Herrero de Jáuregui Miguel “Trust the God: Tharsein in Ancient Greek Religion” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 108 Forthcoming

Dominique Jaillard

Book Reviews / Numen 57 (2010) 114–124 121 Animal Sacrifi ce in Ancient Greek Religion, Judaism and Christianity, 100 BC to AD 200 . By Maria-Zoé Petropoulou. (Oxford Classical Monographs.) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-921854-7 (hbk.), 63. Le présent ouvrage est la

Michael Lambert

the two ritual systems are analysed. The Zulus do not clearly differentiate between Olympian and chthonic deities and sacrifices and seem to sacrifice exclusively to or for the shades or ancestors. The absence of a fully-developed ancestor cult in ancient Greek religion (the cult of heroes and the

Florence Pasche Guignard and Giulia Pedrucci


Through an approach that combines the academic study of religions with motherhood studies, this article examines rarely considered maternal aspects of Demeter, a goddess of the pantheon of ancient Greek religion. We first discuss theoretical input and concepts drawn from maternal theory that are relevant to uncover innovative lines of research on religious representations and practices in polytheistic systems of the past. In this way we also contribute to broader epistemological reflections in the history and study of religions. Then, considering the Homeric Hymn as well as key ritual elements of the Thesmophoria festival through the lenses of maternal theory, we examine the mother-daughter relationship and the role of the mother as maternal trainer. This concrete case study from the ancient Greek world demonstrates the relevance for historians of religions of considering past polytheistic systems while harnessing the fruitful interdisciplinary potential of maternal theory.

Alexander Rubel


Ancient Greek healing cults can be studied in the context of “personal piety.” This article emphasizes personal aspects of the Greek religion. It shows that the concept of “polis religion” does not embrace major aspects of ancient Greek piety. I analyze the direct and personal relation of worshippers in healing cults, especially that of Apollo, with the deity. By doing so, I put forward a new reading of Greek religion in the context of the concept of “personal piety” developed in Egyptology. The well-known “embeddedness” of religion in the structures of the Ancient Greek city-state led to a one-sided view of ancient Greek religion, as well as to aspects of ritual and “cult” predominating in research. Simultaneously, aspects of “belief ” are often labelled as inadequate in describing Greek (and Roman) religion. Religion as ritual and cult is simply one side of the coin. Personal aspects of religion, and direct contact with the deity, based on “belief,” are thus the other side of the coin. It follows that they are also the fundament of ritual. It is necessary to combine “polis religion” with “personal piety” to display a complete picture of Greek religion. The Isyllos inscription from Epidaurus is presented here as a final and striking example for this view. It reports the foundation of a cult of the polis on behalf of a personal religious experience.