By Jennifer Larson
Utilizing archaeological, epigraphic and literary resources, and incorporating present scholarly theories, this quantity deals an obtainable account of the Greek gods for undergraduate students.
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2007 Jennifer Larson All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilized in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers. Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Larson, Jennifer (Jennifer Lynn) Ancient Greek cults: a guide/Jennifer Larson. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Mythology, Greek. 2. Greece–Religion. I. Title. 1 A sacrificial bull is led to the priest at the altar, overseen by the cult statue of a goddess. 2 A priest examines a ram’s entrails to determine the will of the gods. 1 Votive bronze from Mt. Lykaion, Arkadia. Enthroned Zeus holds the thunderbolt (left hand) and an unidentified attribute (right hand). 2 Zeus Meilichios as serpent, votive relief from the Peiraieus, c. 1 Terracotta house or temple model from Perachora.
One of the most widespread was that of Zeus Meilichios (the Mild). Like many chthonian gods, Meilichios bore a euphemistic name. In truth he was by turns angry and kindly, a deity who required regular appeasement in order to keep the beneficial side of his personality to the fore. By calling him “mild” or “kindly,” his worshipers expressed their hopes rather than their fears. Because they governed the fruitfulness of the earth, chthonian deities had the power to be givers of good things if properly propitiated.
Ancient Greek cults : a guide by Jennifer Larson