The interpretation of animal sacrifice, now considered the most important ancient Greek and Roman religious ritual, has long been dominated by the views of Walter Burkert, the late J.-P. Vernant, and Marcel Detienne. No penetrating and general critique of their views has appeared and, in particular, no critique of the application of these views to Roman religion. Nor has any critique dealt with the use of literary and visual sources by these writers. This book, a collection of essays by leading scholars, incorporates all these subjects and provides a theoretical background for the study of animal sacrifice in an ancient context.
Christopher A. Faraone is the Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. F. S. Naiden is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Introduction Christopher A. Faraone and F. S. Naiden; Part I. Modern Historiography: 1. From Bergaigne to Meuli: how animal sacrifice became a hot topic Bruce Lincoln; 2. One generation after Burkert and Girard: where are the great theories? Fritz Graf; Part II. Greek and Roman Practice: 3. Blessed are the parasites F. S. Naiden; 4. Roman sacrifice and the system of being John Scheid; Part III. Visual Representation: 5. Sacrificing stones: on some sculpture, mostly Athenian Richard Neer; 6. Sacrifice in late Roman art Jas Elsner; Part IV. Literary Representation: 7. Animal sacrifice and comedy James Redfield; 8. Animal sacrifice in Greek tragedy: ritual, metaphor, problematizations Albert Henrichs; Afterword Clifford Ando.