Author :Mark H. Munn Publisher :Univ of California Press Release Date :2006-07-11 ISBN 10 :9780520243491 Pages :478 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.4/5 (349 users download)
Summary Book Review The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia by Mark H. Munn:
Download or read book The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia written by Mark H. Munn and published by Univ of California Press. This book was released on 2006-07-11 with total page 478 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Among maternal deities of the Greek pantheon, the Mother of the Gods was a paradox. Conflict and resolution were played out symbolically, Munn shows, and the goddess of Lydian tyranny was eventually accepted by the Athenians as the Mother of the Gods and a symbol of their own sovereignty.
Author :Mark H. Munn Publisher :Univ of California Press Release Date :2006-07-11 ISBN 10 :9780520931589 Pages :478 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.3/5 (158 users download)
Summary Book Review The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia by Mark H. Munn:
Download or read book The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia written by Mark H. Munn and published by Univ of California Press. This book was released on 2006-07-11 with total page 478 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Among maternal deities of the Greek pantheon, the Mother of the Gods was a paradox. She is variously described as a devoted mother, a chaste wife, an impassioned lover, and a virgin daughter; she is said to be both foreign and familiar to the Greeks. In this erudite and absorbing study, Mark Munn examines how the cult of Mother of the Gods came from Phrygia and Lydia, where she was the mother of tyrants, to Athens, where she protected the laws of the Athenian democracy. Analyzing the divergence of Greek and Asiatic culture at the beginning of the classical era, Munn describes how Kybebe, the Lydian goddess who signified fertility and sovereignty, assumed a different aspect to the Greeks when Lydia became part of the Persian empire. Conflict and resolution were played out symbolically, he shows, and the goddess of Lydian tyranny was eventually accepted by the Athenians as the Mother of the Gods, and as a symbol of their own sovereignty. This book elegantly illustrates how ancient divinities were not static types, but rather expressions of cultural systems that responded to historical change. Presenting a new perspective on the context in which the Homeric and Hesiodic epics were composed, Munn traces the transformation of the Asiatic deity who was the goddess of Sacred Marriage among the Assyrians and Babylonians, equivalent to Ishtar. Among the Lydians, she was the bride to tyrants and the mother of tyrants. To the Greeks, she was Aphrodite. An original and compelling consideration of the relations between the Greeks and the dominant powers of western Asia, The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia is the first thorough examination of the way that religious cult practice and thought influenced political activities during and after the sixth and fifth centuries B.C.
Summary Book Review Tempelprostitution im Altertum by Martin Lindner:
Download or read book Tempelprostitution im Altertum written by Martin Lindner and published by Verlag Antike. This book was released on 2009 with total page 416 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Tempelprostitution scheint in der antiken Welt ein allgegenwartiges Phanomen zu sein. Ob in Griechenland oder in Italien, in Kleinasien, Agypten, Persien oder Indien uberall hat die Forschung Hinweise auf die Existenz einer solchen Einrichtung finden wollen. Ein erneutes Studium der Quellen und ein transkultureller Vergleich wecken jedoch Zweifel und lenken den Blick auf die methodische Komplexitat des Themas. Der vorliegende Band prasentiert die Ertrage der 2007 in Oldenburg abgehaltenen interdisziplinaren Konferenz Tempelprostitution zwischen griechischer Kultur und Vorderem Orient. Die Beitrage stellen jeweils Quellenlage, Forschungsstand und neueste Erkenntnisse zum Thema aus dem Blickwinkel der jeweiligen Fachkultur vor. Beteiligt sind Assyriologie, Agyptologie, Iranistik, Indologie und Theologie sowie die verschiedenen althistorischen und altphilologischen Teilbereiche. Die deutsch- und englischsprachigen Studien durchmessen dabei die antike Welt zeitlich und raumlich auf der Suche nach den tatsachlichen und vermeintlichen Spuren fur heilige Prostitution. Entsprechend reichen die Themen vom Alten Orient und Persien uber Israel und Agypten bis in den griechisch-romischen Bereich - von den fruhesten Schriftkulturen bis in die Spatantike. Ein Beitrag zur wirkungsmachtigen indischen Tempelprostitution rundet das Gesamtbild ab.
Summary Book Review The Battle of Marathon by Peter Krentz:
Download or read book The Battle of Marathon written by Peter Krentz and published by Yale University Press. This book was released on 2010-09-07 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How did the city-state of Athens defeat the invaders from Persia, the first world empire, on the plain of Marathon in 490 BCE? Clever scholars skeptical of our earliest surviving source, Herodotus, have produced one ingenious theory after another. In this stimulating new book, bound to provoke controversy, Peter Krentz argues that Herodotus was right after all. Beginning his analysis with the Athenians’ first formal contact with the Persians in 507 BCE, Krentz weaves together ancient evidence with travelers’ descriptions, archaeological discoveries, geological surveys, and the experiences of modern reenactors and soldiers to tell his story. Krentz argues that before Marathon the Athenian army fought in a much less organized way than the standard view of the hoplite phalanx suggests: as an irregularly armed mob rather than a disciplined formation of identically equipped infantry. At Marathon the Athenians equipped all their fighters, including archers and horsemen, as hoplites for the first time. Because their equipment weighed only half as much as is usually thought, the Athenians and their Plataean allies could charge almost a mile at a run, as Herodotus says they did. Krentz improves on this account in Herodotus by showing why the Athenians wanted to do such a risky thing.
Summary Book Review Romanising Oriental Gods by Jaime Alvar Ezquerra:
Download or read book Romanising Oriental Gods written by Jaime Alvar Ezquerra and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2008 with total page 507 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The traditional grand narrative correlating the decline of Graeco-Roman religion with the rise of Christianity has been under pressure for three decades. This book argues that the alternative accounts now emerging significantly underestimate the role of three major cults, of Cybele and Attis, Isis and Serapis, and Mithras. Although their differences are plain, these cults present sufficient common features to justify their being taken typologically as a group. All were selective adaptations of much older cults of the Fertile Crescent. It was their relative sophistication, their combination of the imaginative power of unfamiliar myth with distinctive ritual performance and ethical seriousness, that enabled them both to focus and to articulate a sense of the autonomy of religion from the socio-political order, a sense they shared with Early Christianity. The notion of 'mystery' was central to their ability to navigate the Weberian shift from ritualist to ethical salvation.
Summary Book Review Cellini's Perseus and Medusa and the Loggia dei Lanzi by Christine Corretti:
Download or read book Cellini's Perseus and Medusa and the Loggia dei Lanzi written by Christine Corretti and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2015-05-19 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Cellini’s Perseus and Medusa and the Loggia dei Lanzi: Configurations of the Body of State explores the role that maternal influence played in the formation of Cosimo I de’ Medici’s absolutist state.
Summary Book Review Mother of the Lamb by Matthew J. Milliner:
Download or read book Mother of the Lamb written by Matthew J. Milliner and published by Fortress Press. This book was released on 2022-10-04 with total page 355 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Mother of the Lamb tells the remarkable story of a Byzantine image that emerged from the losing side of the Crusades. Called the Virgin of the Passion in the East and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the West, the icon has expanded beyond its Byzantine origins to become one of the most pervasive images of our time. It boasts multiple major shrines on nearly every continent and is reflected in every epoch of art history since its origin, including modern and contemporary art, and even making an appearance at the Olympics in 2012. Matthew Milliner first chronicles the story of the icon's creation and emergence in the immediate aftermath of the Third Crusade, whereupon the icon became a surprising emblem of defeat, its own fame expanding in inverse proportion to Christendom's political contraction. Originally born as a Christian response to the Christian violence of the Crusades, it marked the moment when Mary's ministry of suffering love truly began. Having traced the icon's origin and ubiquity, Milliner teases out the painting's theological depth, and continues the story of the icon's evolution and significance from its origins to the present day. As the story of the icon moves well beyond Byzantine art history, both temporally and thematically, it engages religion, politics, contemporary art, and feminist concerns at once. Always, though, the icon exemplifies dignity in suffering, a lesson that--through this image--Byzantium bequeathed to the wider world. Encapsulating eleven centuries of development of the mourning Mary in Byzantium, the Virgin of the Passion emerges as a commendable icon of humility, a perennial watchword signaling the perils of imagined political glory. The Virgin of the Passion, emblemizing political humility, the powerful agency of women, and the value of inter-Christian and extra-Christian concord, is an exemplary Marian image for the fledgling twenty-first century.
Summary Book Review Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions by Eric Orlin:
Download or read book Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions written by Eric Orlin and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2015-11-19 with total page 1091 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions is the first comprehensive single-volume reference work offering authoritative coverage of ancient religions in the Mediterranean world. Chronologically, the volume’s scope extends from pre-historical antiquity in the third millennium B.C.E. through the rise of Islam in the seventh century C.E. An interdisciplinary approach draws out the common issues and elements between and among religious traditions in the Mediterranean basin. Key features of the volume include: Detailed maps of the Mediterranean World, ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, and the Hellenistic World A comprehensive timeline of major events, innovations, and individuals, divided by region to provide both a diachronic and pan-Mediterranean, synchronic view A broad geographical range including western Asia, northern Africa, and southern Europe This encyclopedia will serve as a key point of reference for all students and scholars interested in ancient Mediterranean culture and society.
Summary Book Review Political Religions in the Greco-Roman World by Charlotte Dunn:
Download or read book Political Religions in the Greco-Roman World written by Charlotte Dunn and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2019-06-04 with total page 329 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Until the 1980s, historical treatments of ancient religion focused mainly on myth, cult and ritual as a way to interpret the mental structures or primary emotions of ancient peoples, but, in the last few decades, a “political turn” in the study of religion has taken hold. This volume serves to diversify our understanding of the political conceptualizations and implementations of religious practice in the ancient Mediterranean region from the 7th Century BCE to the 4th Century CE, in both Greek and Roman contexts. The underlying question taken up here is: in what situations was Greco-Roman religious practice articulated, communicated, and perceived in political contexts, both real and imagined? Written by experts in the fields of archaeology, linguistics, art history, historiography, political science and religion, the chapters of this volume engage the plurality and the diversity of the Greco-Roman religious experience as it receives and negotiates power relations.
Summary Book Review Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines by Patricia Monaghan, PhD:
Download or read book Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines written by Patricia Monaghan, PhD and published by New World Library. This book was released on 2014-04-01 with total page 448 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: More Than 1,000 Goddesses & Heroines from around the World Groundbreaking scholar Patricia Monaghan spent her life researching, writing about, and documenting goddesses and heroines from all religions and all corners of the globe. Her work demonstrated that from the beginning of recorded history, goddesses reigned alongside their male counterparts as figures of inspiration and awe. Drawing on anthropology, folklore, literature, and psychology, Monaghan’s vibrant and accessible encyclopedia covers female deities from Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, Asia and Oceania, Europe, and the Americas, as well as every major religious tradition.
Summary Book Review Divine Epiphany in Greek Literature and Culture by Georgia Petridou:
Download or read book Divine Epiphany in Greek Literature and Culture written by Georgia Petridou and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2016-01-28 with total page 472 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In ancient Greece, epiphanies were embedded in cultural production, and employed by the socio-political elite in both perpetuating pre-existing power-structures and constructing new ones. This volume is the first comprehensive survey of the history of divine epiphany as presented in the literary and epigraphic narratives of the Greek-speaking world. It demonstrates that divine epiphanies not only reveal what the Greeks thought about their gods; they tell us just as much about the preoccupations, the preconceptions, and the assumptions of ancient Greek religion and culture. In doing so, it explores the deities who were prone to epiphany and the contexts in which they manifested themselves, as well as the functions (narratives and situational) they served, addressing the cultural specificity of divine morphology and mortal-immortal interaction. Divine Epiphany in Greek Literature and Culture re-establishes epiphany as a crucial mode in Greek religious thought and practice, underlines its centrality in Greek cultural production, and foregrounds its impact on both the political and the societal organization of the ancient Greeks.
Summary Book Review Immigrant Women in Athens by Rebecca Futo Kennedy:
Download or read book Immigrant Women in Athens written by Rebecca Futo Kennedy and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2014-04-16 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Many of the women whose names are known to history from Classical Athens were metics or immigrants, linked in the literature with assumptions of being ‘sexually exploitable.’ Despite recent scholarship on women in Athens beyond notions of the ‘citizen wife’ and the ‘common prostitute,’ the scholarship on women, both citizen and foreign, is focused almost exclusively on women in the reproductive and sexual economy of the city. This book examines the position of metic women in Classical Athens, to understand the social and economic role of metic women in the city, beyond the sexual labor market. This book contributes to two important aspects of the history of life in 5th century Athens: it explores our knowledge of metics, a little-researched group, and contributes to the study if women in antiquity, which has traditionally divided women socially between citizen-wives and everyone else. This tradition has wrongly situated metic women, because they could not legally be wives, as some variety of whores. Author Rebecca Kennedy critiques the traditional approach to the study of women through an examination of primary literature on non-citizen women in the Classical period. She then constructs new approaches to the study of metic women in Classical Athens that fit the evidence and open up further paths for exploration. This leading-edge volume advances the study of women beyond their sexual status and breaks down the ideological constraints that both Victorians and feminist scholars reacting to them have historically relied upon throughout the study of women in antiquity.
Summary Book Review War, Peace, and Alliance in Demosthenes' Athens by Peter Hunt:
Download or read book War, Peace, and Alliance in Demosthenes' Athens written by Peter Hunt and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2010-01-28 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Every Athenian alliance, every declaration of war, and every peace treaty was instituted by a decision of the assembly, where citizens voted after listening to speeches that presented varied and often opposing arguments about the best course of action. The fifteen preserved assembly speeches of the mid-fourth century BC thus provide an unparalleled body of evidence for the way that Athenians thought and felt about interstate relations: to understand this body of oratory is to understand how the Athenians of that period made decisions about war and peace. This book provides a comprehensive treatment of this subject. It deploys insights from a range of fields, from anthropology to international relations theory, in order not only to describe Athenian thinking, but also to explain it. Athenian thinking turns out to have been complex, sophisticated, and surprisingly familiar both in its virtues and its flaws.
Summary Book Review Greek Sport and Social Status by Mark Golden:
Download or read book Greek Sport and Social Status written by Mark Golden and published by University of Texas Press. This book was released on 2009-09-15 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the ancient Olympic games to the World Series and the World Cup, athletic achievement has always conferred social status. In this collection of essays, a noted authority on ancient sport discusses how Greek sport has been used to claim and enhance social status, both in antiquity and in modern times. Mark Golden explores a variety of ways in which sport provided a route to social status. In the first essay, he explains how elite horsemen and athletes tried to ignore the important roles that jockeys, drivers, and trainers played in their victories, as well as how female owners tried to rank their equestrian achievements above those of men and other women. In the next essay, Golden looks at the varied contributions that slaves made to sport, despite its use as a marker of free, Greek status. In the third essay, he evaluates the claims made by gladiators in the Greek east that they be regarded as high-status athletes and asserts that gladiatorial spectacle is much more like Greek sport than scholars today usually admit. In the final essay, Golden critiques the accepted accounts of ancient and modern Olympic history, arguing that attempts to raise the status of the modern games by stressing their links to the ancient ones are misleading. He concludes that the contemporary movement to call a truce in world conflicts during the Olympics is likewise based on misunderstandings of ancient Greek traditions.
Summary Book Review Soldier, Priest, and God by F. S. Naiden:
Download or read book Soldier, Priest, and God written by F. S. Naiden and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2019 with total page 420 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "This is the first life of Alexander the Great to explore his religious experience, to put his experience in Egypt and Asia on a par with his Macedonian upbringing and Greek education, and to explain how the European conqueror became a Moslem saint"--
Summary Book Review Woman, Preach! God's Calling and Paul's Admonition to the Church by Barbara J. Brooks:
Download or read book Woman, Preach! God's Calling and Paul's Admonition to the Church written by Barbara J. Brooks and published by Lulu.com. This book was released on 2018-09-15 with total page 86 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Even as the twenty-first century rapidly progresses, misunderstanding of a single point in Scripture continues to lock women out of pulpits, despite their unmistakable call from God to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. Woman, Preach! clearly and succinctly explains Apostle Paul's first-century admonition. Everyone in church leadership - male or female, as well as anyone who might believe that this is simply a social or political issue - should read this book.
Summary Book Review Politics, Money, and Persuasion by John Russon:
Download or read book Politics, Money, and Persuasion written by John Russon and published by Indiana University Press. This book was released on 2021-09-14 with total page 227 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In Politics, Money, and Persuasion, distinguished philosopher John Russon offers a new framework for interpreting Plato's The Republic. For Russon, Plato's work is about the distinctive nature of what it is to be a human being and, correspondingly, what is distinctive about the nature of human society. Russon focuses on the realities of our everyday experience to come to profoundly insightful assessments of our human realities: the nature of the city, the nature of knowledge, and the nature of human psychology. Russon's argument concentrates on the ambivalence of logos, which includes reflections on politics and philosophy and their place in human life, how humans have shaped the environment, our interactions with money, the economy, and the pursuit of the good in social and political systems. Politics, Money, and Persuasion offers a deeply personal but also practical kind of philosophical reading of Plato's classic text. It emphasizes the tight connection between the life of city and the life of the soul, demonstrating both the crucial role that human cognitive excellence and psychological health play in political and social life.