Savage Energies: Lessons of Myth and Rutual in Ancient Greece (Hardback)
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Short Description for Savage Energies We often think of classical Greek society as a model of rationality and order. Yet, in this text, Walter Burkert demonstrates that there were archaic, savage forces, with potentially violent and destructive energies, surging beneath the outwardly calm face of classical Greece,
- Published: 10 August 2001
- Format: Hardback 124 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780226080857 ISBN 10: 0226080854
- Sales rank: 1,365,074
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We often think of classical Greek society as a model of rationality and order. Yet as Walter Burkert demonstrates in these essays on the history of Greek religion, there were archaic, savage forces surging beneath the outwardly calm face of classical Greece, whose potentially violent and destructive energies, Burkert argues, were harnessed to constructive ends through the interlinked uses of myth and ritual. For example, in a much-cited essay on the Athenian religious festival of the Arrephoria, Burkert uncovers deep connections between this strange nocturnal ritual, in which two virgin girls carried sacred offerings into a cave and later returned with something given to them there, and tribal puberty initiations by linking the festival with the myth of the daughters of Kekrops. Other chapters explore the origins of tragedy in blood sacrifice; the role of myth in the ritual of the new fire on Lemnos; the ties between violence, the Athenian courts, and the annual purification of the divine image; and how failed political propaganda entered the realm of myth at the time of the Persian Wars.