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Author Boutsikas, Efrosyni, 1980- author.

Title The cosmos in ancient Greek religious experience : sacred space, memory, and cognition / Efrosyni Boutsikas
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2020


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 263 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Contents Cover -- Half-title -- Title page -- Copyright information -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- List of Graphs and Tables -- Acknowledgements -- Plates -- One Introduction -- Archaeoastronomy -- Boundaries and Limitations -- Greek Timekeeping -- Research Aims and Context -- Two Methodological Advances, Approaches, and Considerations -- Temples and Alignments: Past Approaches and Methodologies -- Astronomical and Observational Considerations -- Memory and Experience -- The Importance of Place -- Three Worship in Space and Time -- Introduction
General Astronomical Considerations on the Orientation of Greek Temples -- Analysis by Chronological Period -- Analysis by Deity -- Chthonic Deities and Heroes versus Ouranic Deities -- Discussion -- Four Astronomy and Perceptual Cognition in Apolline Cults -- Apollo's Cosmic Significance -- Festivals and Sanctuaries of Apollo -- Delphi and Boeotia -- Attica -- Delos -- Dreros -- Miletos and Didyma -- Klaros -- Bassae -- Timekeeping and Experience of Apolline Cults: A Summary -- Five The Cosmos in Manifestations of Identity, Memory, and Remembrance
The Athenian Acropolis: Autochthony and Identity in the Panathenaia and Arrephoria -- The Erechtheion, the Panathenaia, and Draco -- The Daughters of Erechtheus, the Arrephoria, and the Hyades -- Overview of the Athenian Acropolis within the Cosmos -- Memory and Identity in Female Initiation Rites of Sparta and Messene -- Alkman's Partheneion: Ritual Timing and the Identity of the Goddess -- The Sanctuary and Astronomy of Artemis Orthia in Sparta -- Ritual Performance at the Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia in Messene -- Discussion: Memory, Remembrance, and Identity
Six Cosmic Time in Greek Mystery Cults -- The Role of Time in the Eleusinian Mysteries -- Topography of the Eleusinian Sanctuary -- The Cult and the Mysteries -- Astronomy -- Mysteries of Despoina in Lykosoura -- The Samothracian Mysteries -- Discussion -- Seven Epilogue -- Time, Place, Experience -- Shared Experience and the Creation of Memories -- Ritual Mnemonics and Astronomy as Educational Props -- Appendix -- List of structures. In grey are western orientations. -- Glossary -- Notes -- Chapter 1 -- Chapter 2 -- Chapter 3 -- Chapter 4 -- Chapter 5 -- Chapter 6 -- Chapter 7 -- References
Summary "In this book, Efrosyni Boutsikas examines ancient Greek religious performances, intricately orchestrated displays comprising topography, architecture, space, cult, and myth. These various elements were unified in a way that integrated the body within cosmic space and made the sacred extraordinary. Boutsikas also explores how natural light or the night-sky may have assisted in intensifying the experience of these rituals, and how they may have to determined ancient perceptions of the cosmos. The author's digital and virtual reconstructions of ancient skyscapes and religious structures during such occurrences unveil a deeper understanding of the importance of time and place in religious experience. Boutsikas shows how they shaped emotions, cosmological beliefs, and ritual memory of the participants. Her study revolutionises our understanding on ancient emotionality and cognitive experience, demonstrating how Greek religious spaces were vibrant arenas of a shared experience of the cosmos"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 30, 2020)
Subject Rites and ceremonies -- Greece -- History -- To 1500
Astronomy, Greek.
Astronomy -- Religious aspects.
Cosmology, Ancient.
Astronomy, Greek.
Astronomy -- Religious aspects.
Cosmology, Ancient.
Rites and ceremonies.
SUBJECT Greece -- Religious life and customs
Subject Greece.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020002813
ISBN 9781108769082