The Oxford Dictionary of Classical Myth and Religion

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Lecturer in Ancient History and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall Simon Price, Emily Kearns, S. R. F. Price
Oxford University Press, 2003 - 599 pages
The Oxford Dictionary of Classical Myth and Religion offers a fully rounded (and highly authoritative) point of access to all aspects of ancient religious life and thought.Dr Simon Price and Dr Emily Kearns, area advisers for the third edition of The Oxford Classical Dictionary, have come together to select, revise, edit, and in some cases wholly recast, a large number of key entries from OCD to create this handy, accessible reference work on mythology and religion inthe Graeco-Roman world. Bringing to the attention of a wider audience the authority and scholarly rigour of OCD, The Oxford Dictionary of Classical Myth and Religion provides students, teachers, and general readers with an affordable comprehensive, and wide-ranging A-Z reference source.The Dictionary is unique in that in addition to Greek myths and Roman festivals it covers Greek and Roman religious places, monuments, religious personnel, divination, astrology, magic, and it also contains many entries on Judaism and Christianity in Greek and Roman times.A-Z entries include:AUTHORSGeneral: Aeschylus, Aesop, Cicero, Euripides, Homer, Ovid, Pindar, VirgilChristian: Ambrose, Cassian, Irenaeus, Jerome, Origen, TatianJewish: Ezechiel, Jason, PhilonMythographers: Apollodorus, Hesiod, PalaephatusPhilosophers: Anaxagoras, Aristotle, Epicurus, Plato, Socrates, XenophanesTEXTSGeneral: Acts of the Pagan Martyrs, epic, fable, libri pontificales, tragedyChristian: Epistle to DiognetusJewish: Dead Sea Scrolls, Mishnah, TalmudCHRISTIANITYGeneral: Acts of the Apostles, Clement of Rome, Gnosticism, martyrs, Priscillianists, VulgateGODS AND HEROESGeneral: angels, epiphany, river gods, wind-godsAnatolian: Men, SandasEgyptian: Apis, Isis, PtahEtruscan: Nortia, VoltumnaGreek: Aesepus, Alastor, Apollo, Chloe, Demeter, Eros, Hebe, Iacchus, Nemesis, Pan, Phanes, Themis, ZeusMesopotamian: IshtarPersian: Anahita, ZoroasterRoman: Anna Perenna, Bona Dea, Concordia, Diana, Flora, Hercules, Janus, Libertas, Neptunus, Ops, Pax, Rumina, Sol, Tellus, VictoriaSyrian: Jupiter DolichenusHEROESGreek: Oebalus, PhytalusIDEASReligious concepts: Aither, asceticism, atheism, chastity, eunomia, fasting, fate, invulnerability, monotheism, pneuma, sin, soulDeath: catacombs, cemeteries, Hades, imagines, ThanatosPhilosophy: Neoplatonism, Peripatetic school, StoicismIMAGERYIconography: attitudes to art, pottery, Greek sculpture, Roman sculptureJUDAISMapocalyptic literature, Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish-Greek literature, Maccabees, rabbis, synagogue, ZealotsLOCAL AND REGIONAL RELIGIONSIncludes: Anatolian, Arcadian, Argive, Attic, Boeotian, British, Celtic, Corinthian, Cretan, Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Italic, Macedonian, Magna Graecia, Mesopotamian, Messenian, Minoan and Mycenaean, Mycenae, Oriental, Persian, Phoenician, Phrygian, Rhodian, Roman, Scythian, Sicilian, Spartan,Theban, Thracian, TrojanMAGICamulets, curses, iynx, pharmacology, theurgyMYTHSGeneral: genealogy, golden age, nymphsEtruscan: TagesGreek: Acarnan, Aganippe, Baucis, Callisto, Calypso, Codrus, Daphnis, Echidna, Erysichthon, Ganymedes, Hector, Hermione, Iapetus, Laomedon, Marsyas, Molossus, Odysseus, Palladium, Paris, Penelope, Phoebe, Salmoneus, sphinx, Telephus, Tityus, XuthosRoman: Aeneas, Dido, Mezentius, Tarpeia, VerginiaORGANIZATIONReligious groups: amphictiony, collegium, orgeones, thiasosReligious officials: archontes, Divitiacus, heralds, temple officialsGreek religious officials: Diotima, exegetes, kanephoroi, PolyeidusRoman religious officials: aedituus, Flamines, haruspices, SaliiSocial organization: children, genos, patricians, phratriesPEOPLEHistorical: Apollonius of Tyana, Augustus, Decius, Herod the Great, Maccabees, Melito, Polycarp, Symmachus, ThrasyllusPLACESGeneral: Achelous, Alpheus, Argos, Claros, Cythera, Delphi, Dodona, Eryx, Helicon, Ithaca, Masada, Pelion, Styx, ThermumMythological: Arimaspeans, Eridanus, Symplegades, TartarusReligious: churches, forum, Greek houses, Isthmia, Mona, mundus, Olympia, Palici, Phidias, sanctuaries, stoa, templumAthens: Dipylon, ParthenonAttica: Brauron, Colonos, is, SuniumItaly: Alba Longa, Ardea, Lavinium, PyrgiRome: Ara Pacis, Atrium Vestae, Palatine, Pantheon, Tiber, VaticanRITUALSDivination: Albunea, Bacis, Claros, Dodona, eclipses, oracles, portents, Siwa, TrophoniusFESTIVALSGeneral: athletics, dancing, pantomime, wrestlingGreek: Apaturia, Carnea, Dorian festivals, Isthmian Games, Olympian Games, tragedyRoman: Equirria, Fornacalia, Ludi, Parentalia, Secular GamesReligious objects: cakes, fig, fire, honey, ivory, lead, olive, relics, waterRites: ritual, birthday, cookery, gestures, marriage ceremonies, menstruation, milk, oaths, prayer, transvestism, travel, wineGreek rites: aparche, first-fruits, maschalismos, Paean, sacrifice, titheRoman rituals: apex, consecratio, epulum, lustration, triumphTIMEapophrades, fasti, time-reckoningThere are many extra features in this volume: a substantive introduction on the study of the religious history of antiquity, which includes an annotated bibliography; key texts flagged at the end of individual entries; three maps; and five genealogical tables.

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About the author (2003)

Simon Price has been teaching Ancient History at Oxford since 1981; before that he was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge. He has worked extensively on ancient religions, primarily Greek and Roman, but he is also interested in the relations between those religions andJudaism and Christianity. He also works on an archaeological field survey of Sphakia (South West Crete), and has a long-standing interest in the relations between material and written evidence.Emily Kearns has held various teaching appointments in Oxford and London and since 1990 has been a lecturer in Classical Languages and Literature at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She is interested mainly in the field of Greek religion but she also works on aspects of ancient literature and haspublished in the area of Neo-Latin studies.

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