Books: Greek and Hellenic Studies


Ancient Greek Religion, by Jon D. Mikalson. Wiley – Blackwell, 2010, 236 pages, illustrated. An Overview: Greek Sanctuaries and Worship; Greek Gods, Heroes, and Polytheism; Seven Greek Cult Myths; Religion in the Greek Family and Village; Religion of the Greek City State; Greek Religion and the Individual; Greek Religion in the Hellenistic Period; Greek Religion and Greek Culture.

Athenian Popular Religion, by Jon D. Mikalson. University of North Carolina Press, 1983, 172 pages. Priority of the Divine, Areas of Divine Intervention, The Gods and Human Justice, The Gods and Oaths, Divination, The Gods and Death, The Nature of Divine Intervention, The Nature of the Gods, The Afterlife, Some Social Aspects of Popular Religion, Piety and Impiety, The Consensus, Some Historical Considerations.

Religion in Hellenistic Athens, by Jon D. Mikalson. University of California Press, 1998, 364 pages. The Age of Lycourgos, The Decade of Demetrios of Phaleron, Twenty Years of the Divine Poliorcetes, The Calm Between the Storms, Again Domination Again Independence, Demos and the Charites, Athens and Delos, Indian Summer.

Religions of the Ancient Greeks, by Simon Price. Cambridge University Press, 1999, 217 pages, illustrated. Introduction; Gods, myths, and festivals; Religious places; Authority, control and crisis; Gods and boys, women and men; Elective cults; Greek thinkers; Reactions to Greek religions.

Greek Religion, A Sourcebook, by Valerie M. Warrior. Focus Publishing, 2009, 305 pages, illustrated, translations of ancient texts. Introduction; The Gods in Hesiod’s Theogony and Homer’s Illiad; Family and Community; Prayer and Sacrifice; Divination; Sanctuaries of the Gods; Festivals; Competitions in Honor of the Gods; The Gods and Justice from Homer to Aeschylus; The Gods in Sophocles and Euripides; Mystery Cults and Initiation; Challenges to Traditional Religion; Magic, Sorcery, and Witchcraft; New Cults and New Gods.

Greek Folk Religion, by Martin P. Nilsson. Harper and Row, 1940, 166 pages, illustrated. The Countryside; Rural Customs and Festivals; The Religion of Eleusis; The House and the Family; The Cities, the Panagyreis; Legalism and Superstition, Hell; Seers and Oracles.

Hellenistic Religions, An Introduction, by Luther H. Martin. Oxford University Press 1987, 170 pages. Introduction; The Golden Ass in a Labryinthian World; Hellenistic Piety; The Mysteries and the Sovereignty of the Feminine; Reformation and Innovations; Late Hellenistic Gnosis.

Hellenistic Religions, The Age of Syncretism, by Frederick Grant. Bobbs Merrill Company 1953, 196 pages, primarily translations of ancient texts. Introduction; Institutional Religion; Sacred Laws: Rules for Priesthoods, Initiations, and Sacrifices; Religious Practices and Beliefs; The Criticism of Traditional Religion; Cults; Religious Ideas of the Philosophers.

The Complete Greek Temples, by Tony Spawforth. Thames & Hudson, 2006, 240 pages, highly illustrated. Homes of the Gods, Building for the Gods, The Living Temple, Encounters with the Gods, Temples of the Gods. This is essentially a catalog of columnar Greek temples in mainland Greece, the Greek Islands, Asia Minor, and Italy.


Greek Religion, by Walter Burkert. Blackwell Publishing 1985, 493 pages. Introduction; Prehistory and the Minoan-Mycenaean Age; Ritual and Sanctuary; The Gods; The Dead, Heroes, and Chthonic Gods; Polis and Polytheism; Mysteries and Asceticism; Philosophical Religion.

A Companion to Greek Religion, edited by Daniel Ogden. Wiley – Blackwell, 2007, 497 pages, illustrated. A collection of 27 articles by various authors organized into these general categories: Background, The Powers: The Gods and the Dead, Communicating with the Divine, From Sacred Space to Sacred Time. Local Religious Systems, Social Organization, the Family, and Sex, Mysteries and Magic, Intersections, Epilogue.

Practitioners of the Divine, Greek Priests and Religious Officials from Homer to Heliodorus, by Beate Dignas and Kai Trampedach. Center for Hellenic Studies 2008, 285 pages, illustrated. Introduction; Priests and Ritual; Variations of Priesthood; Visual Representation; Ideal Concepts and their Transformation.

Placing the Gods: Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient Greece, edited by Susan E. Alcock and Robin Osborne. Clarendon Press (Oxford) 1994, 271 pages, illustrated. A collection of 11 articles by various authors, focusing on the location of Greek temples from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic era.

Greek Sanctuaries, New Approaches, edited by Nanno Marinatos and Robin Haag. Routledge 1993, 245 pages, illustrated. Early sanctuaries, The Origins of pan-Hellenism, Ritual dining at Corinth, Three related sanctuaries of Poseidon: Geraistos, Kalaureia and Tainaron, Greek sanctuaries as places of refuge, The sanctuary of Demeter and Kore at Eleusis, The Heraion at Samos, The evolution of a pan-Hellenic sanctuary at Isthmia, The Sanctuary of Samothrace, Bibliography of 25 years of reserach on Greek sanctuaries, What were Greek sanctuaries – a synthesis.

Sanctuaries and the Sacred in the Ancient Greek World, by John Pedley. Cambridge University Press 2006, 272 pages, illustrated. Introduction, Setting the Stage, Growth and Variety, The Siting of Sanctuaries, Sacred Building, Rites and Rituals, Offerings, Olympia, Delphi, Samos, Poseidonia, Acropolis at Athens, Greece Rome and Byzantium, Aftermath.

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