The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe

The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe

The "Handbook" brings together leading authorities on pre-Christian religious history to provide a state-of-the-art survey. The first section of the book covers the Prehistoric period, from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age.

Author: Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317544524

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

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"The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe" surveys the major religious currents of Europe before Christianity - the first continental religion with hegemonic ambition - wiped out most local religions. The evidence - whether archaeological or written - is notoriously difficult to interpret, and the variety of religions documented by the sources and the range of languages used are bewildering. The "Handbook" brings together leading authorities on pre-Christian religious history to provide a state-of-the-art survey. The first section of the book covers the Prehistoric period, from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age. The second section covers the period since writing systems began. Ranging across the Mediterranean and Northern, Celtic and Slavic Europe, the essays assess the archaeological and textual evidence. Dispersed archaeological remains and biased outside sources constitute our main sources of information, so the complex task of interpreting these traces is explained for each case. The "Handbook" also aims to highlight the plurality of religion in ancient Europe: the many ways in which it is expressed, notably in discourse, action, organization, and material culture; how it is produced and maintained by different people with different interests; how communities always connect with or disassociate from adjunct communities and how their beliefs and rituals are shaped by these relationships. The "Handbook" will be invaluable to anyone interested in ancient History and also to scholars and students of Religion, Anthropology, Archaeology, and Classical Studies.
Categories: Social Science

The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe

The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe

The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe is intended to remedy this gap. Specialists in various areas of pre- Christian religious history have contributed chapters that provide brief state- of- the- art surveys of their fields of ...

Author: Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317544531

Category: Social Science

Page: 471

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"The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe" surveys the major religious currents of Europe before Christianity - the first continental religion with hegemonic ambition - wiped out most local religions. The evidence - whether archaeological or written - is notoriously difficult to interpret, and the variety of religions documented by the sources and the range of languages used are bewildering. The "Handbook" brings together leading authorities on pre-Christian religious history to provide a state-of-the-art survey. The first section of the book covers the Prehistoric period, from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age. The second section covers the period since writing systems began. Ranging across the Mediterranean and Northern, Celtic and Slavic Europe, the essays assess the archaeological and textual evidence. Dispersed archaeological remains and biased outside sources constitute our main sources of information, so the complex task of interpreting these traces is explained for each case. The "Handbook" also aims to highlight the plurality of religion in ancient Europe: the many ways in which it is expressed, notably in discourse, action, organization, and material culture; how it is produced and maintained by different people with different interests; how communities always connect with or disassociate from adjunct communities and how their beliefs and rituals are shaped by these relationships. The "Handbook" will be invaluable to anyone interested in ancient History and also to scholars and students of Religion, Anthropology, Archaeology, and Classical Studies.
Categories: Social Science

The Book That Changed Europe

The Book That Changed Europe

In this beautifully illustrated book, Hunt, Jacob, and Mijnhardt cast new light on the profound insight found in one book as it shaped the development of a modern, secular understanding of religion.

Author: Lynn Hunt

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674049284

Category: History

Page: 404

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Two French Protestant refugees in eighteenth-century Amsterdam gave the world an extraordinary work that intrigued and outraged readers across Europe. In this captivating account, Lynn Hunt, Margaret C. Jacob, and Wijnand Mijnhardt take us to the vibrant Dutch Republic and its flourishing book trade to explore the work that sowed the radical idea that religions could be considered on equal terms. Famed engraver Bernard Picart and author and publisher Jean Frederic Bernard produced The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World, which appeared in the first of seven folio volumes in 1723. They put religion in comparative perspective, offering images and analysis of Jews, Catholics, Muslims, the peoples of the Orient and the Americas, Protestants, deists, freemasons, and assorted sects. Despite condemnation by the Catholic Church, the work was a resounding success. For the next century it was copied or adapted, but without the context of its original radicalism and its debt to clandestine literature, English deists, and the philosophy of Spinoza. Ceremonies and Customs prepared the ground for religious toleration amid seemingly unending religious conflict, and demonstrated the impact of the global on Western consciousness. In this beautifully illustrated book, Hunt, Jacob, and Mijnhardt cast new light on the profound insight found in one book as it shaped the development of a modern, secular understanding of religion.
Categories: History

The Great Perhaps

The Great Perhaps

Ancient Egyptian Religion. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1898. Christensen, Lisbeth Bredholy. The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe. Bristol, CT: Acumen, 2013. Freeman, Charles. Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Oxford: Oxford University Press, ...

Author: Burton F. Porter

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442247222

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Burton F. Porter explores the philosophical question of the existence of God in an open, yet critical, way, examining the argumentation used by centuries of human society to support or reject divinity.
Categories: Philosophy

The Origins of the Anglo Saxons

The Origins of the Anglo Saxons

Copenhagen: National Museum Studies in Archaeology and History, 3. Kaul, F. 2014. Mythological aspects of Nordic Bronze Age religion, chapter 9 in The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe, L. B. Christiansen, O. Hammer and D. A. ...

Author: Jean Manco

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500777992

Category: History

Page: 375

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Who are the English? Their language and culture have had an impact on the modern world out of all proportion to the size of their homeland. But what do we really understand about their ancestry? Traditionally they have been seen as the descendants of those Germanic peoples who poured into Britain after the Roman legions departed, today known as the Anglo-Saxons. Alternative interpretations have questioned this picture, or suggested complications. At last, the astonishing progress made in extracting and analysing ancient DNA means that theories can be tested empirically, shedding new light on the movement and migrations of peoples in the past. Skillfully and accessibly blending together results from this cutting-edge DNA technology with new research from archaeology and linguistics, Jean Manco reveals a long and adventurous journey before a word of English was spoken. Going beyond a narrow focus on the Anglo-Saxon period, she probes into the deep origins of the Germani and their kin, and extends the story to the language of Shakespeare, taken to the first British colony in America. The result is an exciting new history of the English people, and a ground-breaking analysis of their development.
Categories: History

Fictional Practice Magic Narration and the Power of Imagination

Fictional Practice  Magic  Narration  and the Power of Imagination

Blasphemy in the Christian world: a history. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Näsström, Britt- Mari. 2013. “Old Norse Religion.” In The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe, edited by Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen, Olav Hammer and ...

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004466005

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 384

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Tying on case studies from late antiquity to the 21st century, this is the first volume that systematically explores the inter-relationship between fictional narratives about magic and the real-world ritual art of practicing magicians.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Penguin Handbook of Ancient Religions

The Penguin Handbook of Ancient Religions

brief overview of the relevant history of the religion or civilization; (d) to include an account of the whole society, ... as the relatively small Israel compared with the huge areas covered in the chapters on ancient Europe and China.

Author: Various contributors

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141956664

Category: Religion

Page: 624

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This overview of the religious customs of ancient cultures boasts an international selection of contributors, all of whom are leading scholars in their field. The cultural practices of popular as well as formal religion are explored in detail, giving an impression of all, not only elite societies. Every topic is placed in its own cultural context, while bearing in mind its relevance to a wider historical and sociological debate. The result is an erudite and thoroughly readable handbook to ancient religions, from Palaeolithic cave art to the rituals of Aztec and Inca civilizations.
Categories: Religion

A Handbook of Ancient Religions

A Handbook of Ancient Religions

Polytheism impossible; or, the empty gods: reasons behind a void in the history of Roman religion. ... History and Anthropology 3. Paris, pp. ... 8 Ancient Europe HILDA ELLIS DAVIDSON There was a rich Religions in the Roman Empire 363.

Author: John R. Hinnells

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139461986

Category: Religion

Page: 571

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Ancient civilisations exercise an intense fascination for people the world over. This Handbook provides a vivid, scholarly, and eminently readable account of ancient cultures around the world, from China to India, the Middle East, Egypt, Europe, and the Americas. It examines the development of religious belief from the time of the Palaeolithic cave paintings to the Aztecs and Incas. Covering the whole of society not just the elite, the Handbook outlines the history of the different societies so that their religion and culture can be understood in context. Each chapter includes discussion of the broad field of relevant studies alerting the reader to wider debates on each subject. An international team of scholars convey their own deep enthusiasm for their subject and provide a unique study of both popular and 'official' religion in the ancient world.
Categories: Religion

Thesaurus Cultus Et Rituum Antiquorum ThesCRA

Thesaurus Cultus Et Rituum Antiquorum  ThesCRA

On completion, ThesCRA will comprise five volumes, a book of abbreviations, and an index volume. The volumes are arranged thematically.

Author: J. Paul Getty museum (Los Angeles, Calif.).

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 0892367881

Category: Reference

Page: 640

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Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum (ThesCRA) is a major multi-volume reference on all known aspects of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman cults and rituals. Providing both a sweeping overview and in-depth investigation, ThesCRA covers the period from Homeric times (1000 B.C.) to late Roman times (A.D. 400). A definitive work on the topic, ThesCRA is the culmination of many years of research by scholars from across the United States and Europe and throughout the Mediterranean world. Each of their texts-either in English, French, German, or Italian-is followed by a catalogue entry listing the epigraphical and literary sources cited and referencing ancient iconographical documents related to the topic. Many of these iconographical items are depicted either in line drawings in the texts or in the plate sections of each volume. On completion, ThesCRA will comprise five volumes, a book of abbreviations, and an index volume. The volumes are arranged thematically. The first three deal with dynamic elements of ancient cults, such as cultic ritual and practice, while the last two are devoted to static elements, such as cult places and their personnel. The first two volumes, available in February 2005, discuss processions, sacrifices, libations, fumigations, and dedications (Volume I); and purification, consecration, initiation, heroization, apotheosis, banquets, dance, music, and rites and activities related to cult images (Volume II). Volume III, slated for August of 2005, will deal with divination; prayers and gestures of prayer; gestures and acts of veneration; supplication; asylum; oaths; magic; curses; and desecration. Volumes IV and V, along with the Index, are scheduled for publication in February 2006.
Categories: Reference

Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe

Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe

The Celts and Germans and Scandinavians had much in common in their religious practices and beliefs, and this is the first serious attempt that has been made to compare them.

Author: H. R. Ellis Davidson

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815624417

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 292

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Most people know of Valhalla, the World-Tree and the gods of Norse mythology, or the strange hunts and voyages of the ancient lrish tales. Yet few people realise the significance of the similarities and contrasts between the religions of the pre-Christian people of north-western Europe. The Celts and Germans and Scandinavians had much in common in their religious practices and beliefs, and this is the first serious attempt that has been made to compare them. There are striking resemblances in their ideas about battle-goddesses and protective spirits, holy places, sacrificial rituals, divination and ideas about the Other World; and Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe poses questions like: do such parallels go back to early times or are they owing to late Viking contact? Hilda Ellis Davidson has worked for many years on pre-Christian Scandinavian and Germanic religion and now compares them with the Celts from the background of previous studies, using evidence from archaeology, iconography, later literature and folklore, in a search for basic patterns which will add to our knowledge of the early peoples in Europe. Aimed at teachers and libraries but also accessible to students of history, religion and Celtic, Norse and German languages and cultures.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit