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  Ancient Greek religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Greek religion encompasses the collection of beliefs and rituals practiced in Ancient Greece in form of cult practices, thus the practical counterpart of Greek mythology.
There is a scholarly belief that early Greek religion came from, or was strongly influenced by, shamanistic practices from the steppes of Central Asia to the Greek colony of Olbia in Scythia, on the northern shore of the Black Sea, then all the way down to Greece.
Greek religion spans a period from Minoan and Mycenean periods to the days of Hellenistic Greece and its ultimate conquest by the Roman Empire.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ancient_Greek_religion   (3432 words)

 Ancient Greek religion - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
Greek religion is the polytheistic religion practiced in ancient Greece in form of cult practices, thus the practical counterpart of Greek mythology.
It is perhaps misleading to speak of "Greek religion" as a unified system of dogma or ritual; perhaps the most conspicuous aspect of the religions practised in the Greek city states is their overall variety and their localism.
The virtues fostered by Greek religion were chiefly respect for the gods, who were majestic (sebastos, σεβαστος) and sublime (semnos, σεμνος) Given the variety of rituals and traditions in the Greek religious state, the believer was obliged to hold the faiths of his neighbours in a similar regard to those of his own city.
www.egnu.org /thelema/index.php/Ancient_Greek_religion   (2052 words)

 Persecution of Ancient Greek religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
During the Christianization of ancient Greece, many followers of the Hellenistic gods were punished and slain by Christian governors, and were wildly persecuted by the early Christian citizens.
In modern day Greece, the ancient beliefs are not given equal rights to other religions and followers are often afraid to show their religion openly.
Father Eustathios Kollas, head of the community of Greek priests, said: "They are a handful of miserable resuscitators of a degenerate dead religion who wish to return to the monstrous dark delusions of the past." The followers of Ancient Greek religion now prepares to push for full recognition.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Persecution_of_Ancient_Greek_religion   (686 words)

 Ancient Greek Religion - Greek Mythology God - Greek Oracles
Early Greek religion is a blend of the Achaean, Dorian, Minoan, Egyptian and the Asian cultures.
Greek religion emerged as an amalgamation of various civilizations and races, Zeus, Demeter and Hestia were initially Gods of the Indo-European invaders, Rhea was a Minoan Goddess, God Athena belonged to Mycenean, Hera and Hermes were borrowed from Aegean, God Apollo came from Ionian, Aphrodite was Cyprus, Dionysus and Ares belonged to the Thrace.
Greek religion worshipped God as individual deities or as pairs of deities, for example, Demeter and her daughter Persophone.
www.clearleadinc.com /site/greek-religion.html   (1065 words)

 CA3000 Ancient Greek Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Greek religion is among the most stimulating aspects of ancient Greek history.
Greek religion is often regarded as tolerant and open, but this view risks overlooking the regulation of cult activity and religious belief.
An awareness and understanding of the place of religion in Greek political life at panhellenic and local levels, of the nature of polytheistic structures, and of gendered dimensions to Greek religion.
www.art.man.ac.uk /clah/ugrad/03-04/ca3000.htm   (413 words)

 Temple of the Sacred Spiral - Ancient Greek Religion
All the Greek Goddesses are moon Goddesses, Persephone the maiden and Artemis the virgin personify the new moon; Demeter and Hera as mother, fulfilled wife, the full moon; and Hecate of the underworld the waning and the dark moon.
The Greek myth of her birth records her dignity, where love belongs to the original nature of things, for she is born of the moment when heaven is separated from earth and creation arrested till then by the weight of heaven is suddenly set free.
So in the end the Greek religion identified with the individual, with the heroic way of life, with the realisation that not only was divinity imminent but that all could come to realise their own divinity through individual striving and effort.
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 The Horned Owl Library: Hekate in Ancient Greek Religion
Ancient religions also changed with time, albeit gradually: over the twelve or more centuries of recorded Hekate worship (from the eighth century B.C.E. [Before Common Era] to the fourth century C.E.), it is unreasonable to assume a completely static picture.
This is in keeping with every ancient portrayal of Hekate as a girl or young woman, and contrasts completely with the common modern image of Her as a crone.
To the ancient Greeks, chthonic forces were awe-inspiring and at times frightening, but no more so that any other supernatural elements of life.
www.islandnet.com /~hornowl/HekateArticle.html   (3027 words)

 Ancient Greek religion
Divinities were the most important element of Greek religion and much emphasis was placed on pleasing the Gods in order to live a life free of oppression and hardship.
However Greek religion was not simply legendary tales and fictitious myths, it was a complex organization with each city-state containing its own divinities, which acted to cement the body of citizens into a true community.
Whilst most Pagan religions hold the belief that their spirit was passed on from one body to the other, Greek religion centered on the belief that the soul moved onto another life, such as Heaven or Hell.
library.thinkquest.org /28111/newpage2.htm   (1457 words)

 Ancient Greek Religion - Book Information
Ancient Greek Religion provides an introduction to the fundamental beliefs and practices and the major deities of Greek religion.
Includes vivid descriptions of Greek religion as it was practiced.
Ancient texts are presented in boxes to promote thought and discussion.
www.blackwellpublishing.com /book.asp?ref=0631232230   (170 words)

 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005.04.33
The second chapter, 'Greek gods, heroes and polytheism', in contrast to the archaeological basis of the first, relies in large part on literary sources and is illustrated by a number of citations (these citations, like the illustrations, are not always well-integrated into the narrative of the chapter, however).
Chapter five, 'Religion in the Greek family and village', tells more of the family than of the village, being separated into sections on the religious roles and lives of the father, mother, daughter, son, and slave respectively.
Chapter six, 'Religion of the Greek city-state', does not really focus on polis religion in the sense that it is usually discussed, but rather emphasises the fact that the concerns of Greek religion and prayer -- namely war, trade, politics and the like -- are both private and public concerns.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /bmcr/2005/2005-04-33.html   (1711 words)

 Amazon.com: Greek Religion: Books: Walter Burkert   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth by Walter Burkert
In conclusion, Burket's Greek Religion offers the reader an extensive discussion of Greek spiritual beliefs, to include the Gods and their interactions with one another and the polis as well as the individual and family.
Basically, this book attempt to present Greek religion as it (supposedly) transits from a mythological explanation of the world, with the gods as concrete personifications of abstract notions, towards a rational religion where abstract attributes and social morals and philosophical ethics supersede mythology.
www.amazon.com /Greek-Religion-Walter/dp/0674362810   (3143 words)

 Greek mythology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
iconic imagery, sometimes modern ones, sometimes ancient ones, as myth was a means for later Greeks themselves to throw light on cult practices and traditions that were no longer explicable.
The earliest Greek thought about poetry considered the theogony, or song about the birth of the gods, to be the prototypical poetic genre—the prototypical muthos—and imputed almost magical powers to it.
In Greek mythology, generally a sign of divinity or partial divinity was extreme beauty (usually accompanied by talent or ingenuity).
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 Ancient Roman Religion
These communities added to the state religion with their own specific beliefs until it was a truly diverse and all encompassing religion.
Throughout the modern world, the ancient roman religion is known as one of the world’s first and most famous pagan religions.
It is the Roman and the Greek religions which are the basic from modern pagans take their beliefs.
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 Theology WebSite: Church History Study Helps: Ancient Greek Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Homer lies at the foundation of the Greek tradition, and his prominence in the educational curriculum until the end of antiquity means that he is fundamental for Greek religious thought in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
The Iliad is the story of the Trojan war: between the Greeks (under Agememnon, king of Mycenae) and the city of troy; the Odyssey relates the adventures of one of the heroes on his return from the war.
The Greek temple housed the deity's image and possessions; it was not a place of assembly for worshippers but the home of the deity (cf Eph 2:20-21; 1 Cor 6:19).
www.theologywebsite.com /history/greekrel.shtml   (526 words)

 Ancient Greek Religion: CULT OF HERA 1
She had numerous shrines and temples in the ancient world, with her primary cult centres being the Heraion near Mykenai in Argos, Olympia where woman-only Games were celebrated in her honour, and the island of Samos, who reputed birth-place.
In the fore-temple are on the one side ancient statues of the Kharites (Graces), and on the right a couch of Hera and a votive offering, the shield which Menelaus once took from Euphorbos at Troy.
The games of the maidens too are traced back to ancient times; they say that, out of gratitude to Hera for her marriage with Pelops, Hippodameia assembled the Sixteen Women, and with them inaugurated the Heraia.
www.theoi.com /Cult/HeraCult.html   (3418 words)

 Greek Myths - History for Kids!
Here are some of the stories that people told in Ancient Greece, and some of the reasons why they might have told these stories and not other ones.
To help you relate one story to another, here are some of the ways that the Greeks thought their gods were related.
He has sections on each of the Greek gods, and discusses their deeper meanings, and their function in Greek society.
www.historyforkids.org /learn/greeks/religion/greekrelig.htm   (368 words)

 Ancient Greek Religion
The Ancient Greek Religion is the traditional, splendid religion of Classical Greece, the religion which leaded to the miracle of the Golden Age of Civilization!
The «Commitee for the recognition of the Greek or Hellenic Religion»
It was founded to repair the absurd situation of the unofficial state of the Ancient Greek Religion.
www.geocities.com /greekreligiongr   (493 words)

 Ancient Greek Religion: CULT OF ARES
He had very few actual temples and shrines in the ancient world, and his cult appears to have been primarily based in the little described northern regions of Greece: Thessalia, Thesprotia and Thrake.
Unfortunately ancient geographers give sparse description of this region (which was severely ravaged during the Roman invasion) and do not describe the local cults of Ares.
MAMERTUS (Mamertos), an ancient surname of Ares, which must have arisen after the identification of the Italian Mamers with the Greek Ares.
www.theoi.com /Cult/AresCult.html   (1912 words)

 Syracuse University   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
This course is an introduction to the world of thought and practice that contemporary scholars call ancient Greek religion.
Imaginative sympathy:  take seriously the world of the ancient Greek person; assume that the religious thought or practice carries real meaning for that person.
SCHEDULE OF Students are responsible for bringing the appropriate ancient texts to class for purposes of discussion and in-class reference.
www-hl.syr.edu /depts/religion/syllabi/REL205F05.htm   (1290 words)

 Ancient Greek Religion - Crystalinks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The ancient Greeks were a deeply religious people.
The Iliad and the Odyssey, our earliest surviving examples of Greek literature, record men's interactions with various gods and goddesses whose characters and appearances underwent little change in the centuries that followed.
The Greeks attributed these epic narratives to Homer, a poet living at the end of the 8th century BC Each Greek city was normally under the protection of one or more individual deities who were worshipped with special emphasis, as, for example, Athens and the goddess Athena.
www.crystalinks.com /greekreligion.html   (194 words)

 Greek gods - History for Kids!
530 BC The Greeks believed in many gods: they were polytheistic (PA-lee-thee-ISS-tick).
It is impossible to say how many Greek gods there were, because different Greeks worshipped different gods.
Greek people also worshipped foreign gods, if for some reason they thought this might help them somehow.
www.historyforkids.org /learn/greeks/religion/gods.htm   (289 words)

 Syllabus for Ancient Greek Religion
Perspectives on the cosmos (universe), polis (city and its society), psyche (self) and theos (gods) will be explored, in addition to rituals, narratives and festivals which seemed fundamental to the construction of religious identity.
Greek Religion Burkert, J. and Raffin, J. Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion Harrison, J.E. The Iliad, Homer (Fagles, R., translator)
Religion in the Ancient Greek City, Zaidman, L.B et al.
www.centenary.edu /religion/dotto/rel320/Syllabus.htm   (999 words)

 Ancient Greek Religion Sources - Islam, Catholic, Jewish...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Greek life has been dominated by religion, and it is evident in the beauty found in Greek temples.
Architecture in ancient Greece: Greek life was dominated by religion and so it is not surprising that the temples of ancient Greece were the biggest and most beautiful.They also had a political...
The Greek pagans are an unknown quantity of this fraction of percent.
www.fakkreligion.com /ancientgreekreligion   (1276 words)

 Amazon.fr : Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion: Livres en anglais: Jane Ellen Harrison   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Jane Harrison examines the festivals of ancient Greek religion to identify the primitive "substratum" of ritual and its persistence in the realm of classical religious observance and literature.
Today, those who write on ancient myth or ritual are bound to say the same about Harrison.
It is an exciting, deeply felt intellectual quest, with a broad view of the role of religion in life, ancient and modern.
www.amazon.fr /Prolegomena-Greek-Religion-Ellen-Harrison/dp/0691015147   (365 words)

 Amazon.com: Hekate in Ancient Greek Religion: Books: Ilmo Robert Von Rudloff,Rober Von Rudloff   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The one thing I did learn is that in ancient Greek religion, Hekate is not considered a 'crone' as she seems to be portrayed as one in current neo-pagan studies.
To old Greeks and Romans even the evil Hekate of dangerous witchcraft was a beautiful and active young woman.
The ancients were fascinated by Medeia; she was boffo at the box office, and no play featuring her was complete without a dramatic invocation of Hekate, Queen of Witches.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0969606680?v=glance   (2647 words)

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