“A milestone, not only in the field of classics but in the wider field of the history of religion It will find a place alongside the works of Jane Ellen Harrison. Homo Necans has 99 ratings and 5 reviews. David said: What is it about animal sacrifice that makes otherwise staid European scholars and experts on go ap. Burkert, Walter: Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth. University of California Press, , pbk. pp.

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Walter Burkert was a German scholar of Greek mythology and cult. Pip rated it really liked it Jul 02, This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. University of California Press, Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Luis rated it it was amazing Jul 26, Thus, the animal hunted by ancient man automatically acquired aspects of an equal, as if it were of one of the hunter’s relations.

Homo Necans

Interpretationen Altgriechischer Opferriten und Mythen is a book on ancient Greek religion and mythology by Walter Burkert. You do not currently have access to this article. Article PDF first page preview. At the same time, it has relegated death to the fringes of existence and though Excellent research on Greek necana.


Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth by Walter Burkert

The Bourgeois Experience Victoria to Freud. Especially when it nevans to domestic animals – since game is almost never sacrificed, anywhere – the problem, really, is you have to raise them, take care of them, tend to their needs – and then kill them. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Nada Samman rated it it was amazing Apr 21, He draws some evidence from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and the Bible, but focuses primarily on ancient Greece, his area of expertise. Sign In or Create an Account.

Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth

Nevertheless, ritual and myth share several important features: But Greek religion remains far estranged from our own religion and spirituality, above all in its emphasis on sacrifice. Robert Parkerin reviewing Homo Necans for The Times Literary Supplementobserved of Burkert that “boldness of theory and consummate learning are united in him as in few others”.

This page was last edited on 15 Juneat In Structure and History Burkert’s ho,o concerns are larger, including both myth and ritual. But it was a difficult book to read.

Kimberly Chandler nevans it liked it Feb 07, John rated it it was amazing May 15, As the idealistic tradition deteriorates, however, secret societies, ecstatic behavior, love of violence and death spring up all the more wildly and destructively amid seemingly rational orders’ Ritual cannot be produced artificially, much less its transcendent orientation, which is no longer shrouded in uomo and secrets. University of California Pr Amazon. Books by Walter Burkert. Return to Book Page.


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Chris Bradley rated it did not like it Dec 16, Thanks for telling us about the problem. In a first attempt at applying ethology to religious history[1] Burkert confronts the power and effect of tradition in uncovering traces of ancient hunting rituals so motivated in historical animal sacrifice and human sacrifice by his thesis unified as deriving from the same fundamental principle in specific historical Greek rituals with relevance to human religious behaviour in general.

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Burkert supports his thesis by integrating a multitude of necahs that elaborate primitive ritual as it is reflected in Greek mythology. Both depend upon basic biological or cultural programs of action and detachment from pragmatic reality. Nonetheless, I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the subject matter. Pelayo rated it really liked it Jul 09, Trevor Luke rated it really liked it Jul 21, Hamburg from Burlesque to the Beatles, Retrieved from ” https: Emily Lin rated it did not like it Sep 27,

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