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Title: The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations. Edinburgh Leventis Studies 5
Author(s): Jan N. Bremmer, Andrew Erskine (ed.)
Publisher: Edinburgh: :  Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 0748637982
ISBN-13: 978-0748637980
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[size=+1]From the Bryn Mawr Classic Review:[/size]
This volume is the fruit of the fifth A.G. Leventis Conference held in Edinburgh in November 2007 (the Greek-Cypriot A.G. Leventis Foundation, officially based in Liechtenstein, supports Greek studies in Europe as part of its wide-ranging charity work, including a bi-annual professorship and conference at the University of Edinburgh). From the title it is not immediately apparent that these are conference proceedings.1 The volume is disguised as a monographic publication. Not only because the word ‘proceedings’ is not on the title page, but also because the editors at least suggest that this is a carefully planned, and thus coherent, volume. See its description in the preface as “a synchronic and diachronic view (my italics)… generating new approaches” (p.viii) and see the lay-out of the book in four parts labelled ‘systematic aspects’, ‘individual divinities and heroes’, ‘diachronic aspects’ and ‘historiography’. In fact, it very much is what it is: conference proceedings; and thus a rather mixed bag. That is not to say that it does not indeed generate new approaches: it does, and it is important because of that.

Read the full review at the Bryn Mawr Classic Review web site.

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Greek mythology still grabs the modern consciousness. Apollo and Dionysos, Artemis and Aphrodite, Zeus and Hermes—but what exactly did these divinities stand for? A team of international scholars offer fresh insight into the making and meaning of Greek mythology. They recount the stories and significance of individual gods and ask to what extent cult, myth, and literary genre determine the nature of divinity. How do Greek gods function within a polytheistic pantheon, and what is their connection to the heroes of their myths? What is the influence of philosophy and in what way do the gods of late antiquity differ from those of classical Greece? This volume presents a synchronic and diachronic view of these characters in the decades before Christianity.

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