Greek Religion

Walter Burkert (Author) John Raffan (Translator)
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Product Details

Price
$45.60
Publisher
Harvard University Press
Publish Date
March 15, 1987
Pages
512
Dimensions
5.94 X 1.3 X 9.0 inches | 1.35 pounds
Language
German
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780674362819

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About the Author

Walter Burkert was Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Zurich.

Reviews

The German edition of this book was published in 1977, and the author has added references to important new publications since that date. The introduction has a survey of previous scholarship, a discussion of the sources, and an explanation of the scope of the volume. What this book seeks to do is to indicate the manifold variety of the evidence and the problems of its interpretation, always with an awareness of the provisional nature of the undertaking. This new paperback edition makes an important work available at an economic price.--Manuscripta
This book has established itself as a masterpiece, packed with learning but also rich in ideas and connections of every sort. Its appearance in a good English translation is an event not only for Hellenists but for all those interested in the study of religion... Nobody else could have produced an account of the subject of comparable range and power. This will be the best history of Greek religion for this generation.--New York Review of Books
Greek Religion...already has the standing of a classic, and the publication of an English version, which incorporates new material and is in effect a second edition, demands a toast... Anyone who pretends to survey Greek religion must be phenomenally learned. Burkert is. His book is a marvel of professional scholarship... Anyone with an interest in the ancient world can follow the book with pleasure and advantage. No one whose interest has been caught by the Parthenon or by Homer's stories should miss it.--Jonathan Barnes "London Review of Books "
In this new book by Walter Burkert, professor of Greek at the University of Zurich and possibly the most eminent living student of ancient Greek religion, we are given the opportunity to enter into this strange world [of ancient Greece]... Mr. Burkert has told his fascinating story not only with immense learning but in a way that captures the interest and sympathy of the reader.--John Macquarrie "New York Times Book Review "
The subject of Greek religion has recently received a masterly and elegant treatment in Walter Burkert's Greek Religion...beautifully translated by John Raffan. Like the Decalogue in the old saw, it arouses feelings of reverence not unmixed with awe at the author's grasp of his material and the acuity with which he uses the insights of psychology and sociology to show how the forms of Greek religion were able to satisfy many of the deepest needs of men... One will not often read a book that illuminates so profoundly what it was like to live in ancient Greece.--Richard Stoneman "History Today "
The many fine qualities of this book's original German version (Griechische Religion der archaischen and klassichen Epoche, 1977) have been noted in a veritable forest of reviews... The present English translation, with updated references and an inexpensive paperback edition, offers the prospect of use by American teachers and/or students... It is comprehensive in subject, rich in evidence of many types...and current... It is a peculiar excellence of this book that its usefulness to scholars does not make it less appropriate for students. Its length, in fact, is not at all excessive for a college text, and its many subdivisions make it easy to excerpt.--Robert M. Simms "New England Classical Newsletter "