Practitioners of the divine : Greek priests and religious officials from Homer to Heliodorus / edited by Beate Dignas and Kai Trampedach
- Washington, DC : Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University, 2008.
Cambridge, Mass. : Distributed by Harvard University Press
- Physical Description:
- xii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
- Additional Creators:
- Dignas, Beate, 1968- and Trampedach, Kai
- chs.harvard.edu , Open Access
- Restrictions on Access:
- Open Access Unrestricted online access
- Machine derived contents note: Preface -- Introduction -- Albert Henrichs -- What is a Greek Priest? -- I Priests and Ritual -- Angelos Chaniotis -- Priests as Ritual Experts in the Greek World -- II Variations of Priesthood -- Jan Bremmer -- Priestly Personnel of the Ephesian Artemisium: Anatolian, Persian, Greek, and Roman -- Aspects -- Susan Guettel Cole -- Professionals, Volunteers, and Amateurs in the Cult of Demeter: Serving the Gods kata ta -- patria -- Beate Dignas -- ?Greek? Priests of Sarapis? -- Ulrich Gotter -- Priests?Dynasts?Kings: Temples and Secular Rule in Asia Minor -- III Visual Representation -- Ralf von den Hoff -- Images of Cult Personnel in Athens between the Sixth and First Centuries BC -- IV Ideal Concepts and their Transformation -- Matthias Haake -- Philosopher and Priest: The Image of the Intellectual and the Social Practice of the Elites in -- the Eastern Roman Empire -- Manuel Baumbach -- An Egyptian Priest in Delphi: Kalasiris as theios an?r in Heliodorus? Aethiopica -- V Manteis: Priests At All? -- Michael Flower -- The Iamidae: A Mantic Family and Its Public Image -- Kai Trampedach -- Authority Disputed: The Seer in Homeric Epic -- Epilogue -- Beate Dignas and Kai Trampedach -- Bibliography.
- "What is a Greek priest?" The volume, which has its origins in a symposium held at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., focuses on the question through a variety of lenses: the visual representation of cult personnel, priests as ritual experts, variations of priesthood, ideal concepts and their transformation, and the role of manteis. Each chapter looks at how priests and religious officials used a potential authority to promote themselves and their posts, how they played a role in conserving, shaping and reviving cult activity, how they acted behind the curtain of polis institutions, and how they performed as mediators between men and gods. It becomes clear that Greek priests had many faces, and that the factors that determined their roles and activities are political as well as historical, religious as well as economic, idealistic as well as pragmatic, personal as well as communal. -- Amazon.com.
- "The three-day international symposium, Greek priests from Homer to Julian, took place from August 25-28, 2003"--Preface.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-280) and index.
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