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Greek and Roman Festivals: Content, Meaning, and Practice

J. Rasmus Brandt and Jon W. Iddeng


Festivals were the heartbeat of Greek and Roman society, its social and political organization, and its institutions. They set the rhythm of the year, as laid down in a calendar, and through them divine protection of the public and private spheres was ensured and the populace was joined together in common acts centred on common symbols. The present book contains twelve chapters on Greek and Roman festivals from an interdisciplinary field of Classical scholarship: archaeology, history, history of religions, and philology. The book addresses the key question of what a Greco-Roman festival was, a ... More

Keywords: calendar, common acts and symbols, content, Greco-Roman festivals, function, historical dynamics, origin, practice, private, public, religious and social phenomena and processes, social and political organization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199696093
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696093.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Rasmus Brandt, editor
Department of Archaeology, Conservation, and History, University of Oslo, Norway

Jon W. Iddeng, editor
Research Fellow, Telemark University College

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