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The Daily Life of the Greek Gods


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The Daily Life of the Greek Gods

by Marcel Detienne (Author)
by Guilia Sissa (Author)
Janet Lloyd (Translator)



ISBN: 9780804736138


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This book explores everyday life of the Greek gods, including what their bodies were made of and how they were nourished, the organization of their society, and the sort of life they led in Olympus and the human world. It also shows how citizens carried on everyday relations with the gods.

Equally important, the authors turn to Dionysus and follow the evolution of one of his forms, that of the phallus paraded in processions. Under this god, so attentive to all things feminine, the authors explore the typically civic ways of thinking about the relations between natural fecundity and the sexuality of daily life.


ISBN 804736138
ISBN13 9780804736138
Publisher Stanford University Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 31/03/2000
Pages 312
Weight (grammes) 520
Published in United States
Height (mm) 5487
Width (mm) 3556

Part I. Homer as an Anthropologist: 1. Literature? Or anthropology? 2. The Gods: a particular nature, a particular society
3. Spending the time
4. Gods with a particular lifestyle
5. Savouring the sweetness of life
6. Divine interference
7. Scenes of sovereignty
8. The Gods and their days
Part II. The Gods at the Service of the City: 9. When the Olympians donned the citizen's costume
10. A polytheistic garden
11. Dealing with the Gods
12. The altars and territories that were home to the divine powers
13. The affairs of the Gods and the affairs of men
14. the power of women: Hera, Athena and their followers
15. A phallus for Dionysus