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Old Stones, New Temples:
Ancient Greek Paganism Reborn

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Additional Reading Suggestions

Cohen, David, Law, Sexuality, and Society: The Enforcement of Morals in Classical Athens (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1991).

Demand, Nancy, Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1994).

Lacey, W. K., The Family in Classical Greece(Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1968).

Oakley, John H. and Rebecca H. Sinos, The Wedding in Ancient Athens (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993).

Oikonomides, Al. N., "Records of 'The Commandments of the Seven Wise Men' in the 3rd c. B.C." in Classical Bulletin 63/3 (Summer 1987), pp. 67-76.

Powell, Barry B. A Short Introduction to Classical Myth (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2002).

Pulleyn, Simon, Prayer in Greek Religion (Oxford: Clarendon, 1997).

Riddle, John M., Contraception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1992).

Sissa, Giulia and Marcel Detienne, The Daily Life of the Greek Gods (Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 2000).

Sissa, Giulia, Greek Virginity, trans. Arthur Goldhammer (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1990).


The URL given for HMEPA on page 317 contains a typo. The correct URL is . Thanks to Kallisto for the correction.

On pages 123-124 there is a discussion of the Pythagoreans. I have followed Burkert (Greek Religion) in his description of the dietary restrictions practiced by this group. Burkert suggests (referencing his own book, Lore and Science in Ancient Pythagoreanism) that the Pythagoreans did not practice an absolute form of vegetarianism, but only refrained from eating certain types of meat. A member of the Hellenion list, Brett A. Bradley, has kindly provided some additional evidence on the role of vegetarianism in the bios Pythagoreios:

From "The Life of Pythagoras" by Iamblichus: "Pythagoras also ordained abstinence from animal food, for many reasons besides the chief one that it is conducive to peaceableness."

From "The Life of Pythagoras" by Porphyry: "...Pythagoras practiced the greatest purity, and was shocked at all blood-shedding and killing; that he not only abstained from animal food, but never in any way approached butchers or hunters."

From "The Life of Pythagoras" by Diogenes Laertius: "...for as he even forbade men to kill animals at all, much less would he have allowed his disciples to eat them, since they have a right to live in common with man."

I would appreciate hearing from any readers who may have access to Burkert's Lore and Science title and could check on the evidence cited for his assertion in Greek Religion.

6/15/02 Update: Autonoë has very kindly typed out the extended reference to Burkert's Lore and Science in Ancient Pythagoreanism. Because of its length, I am posting in on a separate page. In short, Burkert shows that the evidence for Pythagorean vegetarianism in not unequivocal.

There is a typographical error on page 330, in the ninth line of running text; read "Asatru/Heathenry" for the text garbled by computer platform translations.

It has recently been noted by some members of the Hellenion mailing list that the calendar designation, "apo katagraphes Olumpiades," in use by some groups, is not only grammatically incorrect, but probably has no historical precedent. Maureen Reddington-Wilde has suggested another possibility: "kat' Olumpían," (according to the Olympic Games) derived from the model "kata Selenen" (according to the moon). The abbreviation would be "k.O."

Hellenion now has its own domain:

Pyrokanthos points out that the quotation on page 136 contains an inaccuracy. The authors of The World of Athens claim that the ancients did not have second- or third-place prizes in their athletic competitions. This is apparently incorrect. The importance of public acclaim, however, is not disputed.

A reader has sent an addition to the discography: Yannis Markopoulos's "The Liturgy of Orpheus" (Lyra, CD4776). Thank you to Erik Dutton for this recommendation!

Last updated on April 6, 2003 c.e.

This article originally appeared on Andrew Campbell's Nomos Arkhaios site which is currently on hiatus.
This article is copyright © 2000-2003 by Andrew Campbell and is reprinted here with permission.

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