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Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece

Sarah Iles Johnston

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520217072
eISBN:
9780520922310
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520217072.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

During the archaic and classical periods, Greek ideas about the dead evolved in response to changing social and cultural conditions—most notably changes associated with the development of the polis, ... More


Drakaina: The She-Dragon

Daniel Ogden

in The Dragon in the West: From Ancient Myth to Modern Legend

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780198830184
eISBN:
9780191868542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198830184.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

What was the significance of the term drakaina, the female-denoting reflex of the term drakōn? It is contended that, whilst the term could be applied merely to a creature that resembled a ... More


The Unavenged: Dealing with Those Who Die Violently

Sarah Iles Johnston

in Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520217072
eISBN:
9780520922310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520217072.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

A look at information concerning what happened to the souls of those who died too young, who died violently, or whose bodies were left unburied; how they might suffer in the afterlife and ... More


Hecate and the Dying Maiden: How the Mistress of Ghosts Earned Her Title 

Sarah Iles Johnston

in Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520217072
eISBN:
9780520922310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520217072.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

The first part of this chapter begins with a review of Hecate’s appearances in texts and archaeological finds, treating the goddess Enodia—who was often identified with Hecate—as well. It argues that ... More


Archaic aetia: Homer, Hesiod, and the Homeric Hymn to Hermes

Anke Walter

in Time in Ancient Stories of Origin

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198843832
eISBN:
9780191879531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198843832.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The aetiological story of Ate, told by Agamemnon in Book 19 of the Iliad, establishes a connection between the crucial moment when the main conflict of the epic is resolved and an important moment of ... More


Drakontes, Earth, and the Dead

Daniel Ogden

in Drakōn: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199557325
eISBN:
9780191745997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557325.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Archaeology: Classical

Chapter 7 considers the general associations of drakontes with the earth, the underworld and underworld powers, notably Hecate and the Erinyes. Of particular interest is the propensity of the ... More


The Hexametric Incantations against Witchcraft in the Getty Museum: From Archetype to Exemplar

Richard Janko

in The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199664108
eISBN:
9780191745768
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664108.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Archaeology: Classical

The Getty hexameters from Selinus, which antedate 409 bc, are a copy of a semi-official paean addressed to Paean, Heracles, and Asclepius, which also incorporates the spell of the Idaean Dactyls ... More


Comparing Pantheons

Ian Rutherford

in Hittite Texts and Greek Religion: Contact, Interaction, and Comparison

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199593279
eISBN:
9780191890543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199593279.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

The Greeks associated a number of their deities with Anatolia, and there are many general resemblances between the two pantheons, and some types of deity seem to be common to both – e.g. fate ... More


Epiphanies in crisis

Georgia Petridou

in Divine Epiphany in Greek Literature and Culture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198723929
eISBN:
9780191791246
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723929.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 2 examines epiphany in the course of a siege and during the actual battle (historical and mythical, attested both in literature and in inscriptions). This chapter emphasizes the predominance ... More


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