Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek Myth and Religion (Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches)

Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek Myth and Religion (Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches)

By: Menelaos Christopoulos (editor), Olga Levaniouk (editor), Efimia D. Karakantza (editor), Iakov Iakov (contributor), Richard Buxton (contributor), Ken Dowden (contributor), Mercedes Aguirre (contributor), Gartziou-Tatti Gartziou-Tatti (contributor), Radcliffe G. Edmonds (contributor), Soteroula Constantinidou (contributor)Hardback

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Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek Myth and Religion is a ground-breaking volume dedicated to a thorough examination of the well known empirical categories of light and darkness as it relates to modes of thought, beliefs and social behavior in Greek culture. With a systematic and multidisciplinary approach, the book elucidates the light/darkness dichotomy in color semantics, appearance and concealment of divinities and creatures of darkness, the eye sight and the insight vision, and the role of the mystic or cultic.

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Menelaos Christopoulos is associate professor of ancient Greek literature in the Department of Philology at Patras University. Efimia D. Karakantza is a lecturer in ancient Greek literature in the Department of Philology at Patras University. Olga Levaniouk is an associate professor of Classics at the University of Washington.

Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Colour Semantics Chapter 4 Chapter 1. The Significance (or Insignificance) of Blackness in Mythological Names Chapter 5 Chapter 2. Dark Skin and Dark Deeds; Danaides and Aigyptioi in a Culture of Light Chapter 6 Chapter 3. Brightness and Darkness in Pindar's Pythian 3: Aigla-Coronis-Arsinoe and her Initiatory Experience Chapter 7 Chapter 4. S-light Anomaly; Dark Brightness in Euripides' Medea Part 8 Appearance and Concealment Chapter 9 Chapter 5. The Light Imagery of Divine Manifestation in Homer Chapter 10 Chapter 6. Trojan Night Chapter 11 Chapter 7. Tithonus and Phaon. Mythical Allegories of Light and Darkness in Sappho's Poetry Chapter 12 Chapter 8. Erinyes as Creatures of Darkness Chapter 13 Chapter 9. Hephaistos: God of Light Part 14 Eye-sight/Insight Chapter 15 Chapter 10. Blind People and Blindness in Ancient Greek Myth Chapter 16 Chapter 11. Blindness as Punishment Part 17 Being and Beyond Chapter 18 Chapter 12. Light and Darkness and Archaic Cosmogony Chapter 19 Chapter 13. Mystic Light and Near-Death Experience Chapter 20 Chapter 14. Dark Winged Nyx and Bright Winged Eros in Aristophanes' "Orphic" Cosmogony: The Birds, 693-703 Chapter 21 Chapter 15. The Bright Cypress of the Orphic Golden Tablets: Direction and Illumination in Myths of the Underworld Chapter 22 Chapter 16. Milk on Pelinna Tomb Tablets Part 23 Cult Chapter 24 Chapter 17. Light and Darkness in Dionysiac Rituals as Illustrated on Attic Vase Paintings of the 5th century BC Chapter 25 Chapter 18. Light and Lighting Equipment in the Eleusinian Mysteries: Symbolism and Ritual Use Chapter 26 Chapter 19. Magic Lamps, Luminous Dreams: Lamps in PGM Recipes

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/09/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780739138984
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 324
  • ID: 9780739138984
  • weight: 658
  • ISBN10: 0739138987

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