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Singing for the Gods: Performances of Myth and Ritual in Archaic and Classical Greece

Barbara Kowalzig


This book develops an integrated religious, historical, and literary approach towards an old question in the study of religion — the relationship of myth and ritual. Focusing on ancient Greek religion, it exploits the joint occurrence of myth and ritual in archaic and classical Greek song-culture. The book shows how choral performances of myth and ritual, taking place all over the ancient Greek world in the early fifth century BC, helped to effect social and political change in their own time. Religious song emerges as integral to a rapidly changing society hovering between local, regional, an ... More

Keywords: gods, myth, ritual, Classical Greece, ancient Greek, Greek song-culture, choral performances, fifth century BC, religious song, panhellenic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199219964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219964.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Kowalzig, author
Leverhulme Research Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London
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