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- DescriptionThe culture of ancient Greece was thronged with personifications. In poetry and the visual arts, personified figures of what might seem abstractions claim our attention. The Greeks, in Dr Johnson's phrase, 'shock the mind by ascribing effects to n-entity'. This study examines the logic, the psychology and the practice of Greeks who worshipped these personifications with temples and sacrifices, and beseeched them with hymn and prayers. Dr Stafford conducts case-studies of deified 'abstractions', such as Peitho (Persuasion), Eirene (Peace) and Hygieia (Health). She also considers general questions of Greek psychology, such as why so many of these figures were female. Modern scholars have asked, Did the Greeks believe their own myths? This study contributes to the debate, by exploring widespread and creative popular theology in the historical period.
- Author BiographyEmma Stafford is the author of numerous papers on Greek mythology and iconography, and is currently preparing a source book on Greek religion.
- Author(s)Emma Stafford
- PublisherClassical Press of Wales
- Date of Publication01/12/2000
- SubjectAncient History
- Place of PublicationSwansea
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintClassical Press of Wales
- Content Note27 b/w illus
- Weight636 g
- Width160 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine19 mm
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