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« Topic Start: October 21, 2010, 05:07:29 pm »

Title: Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion
Author(s): Jane Ellen Harrison
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: 1903 (reprinted 1991)
ISBN: 0691015147
ISBN-13: 978-0691015149
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Jane Harrison examines the festivals of ancient Greek religion to identify the primitive "substratum" of ritual and its persistence in the realm of classical religious observance and literature. In Harrison's preface to this remarkable book, she writes that J. G. Frazer's work had become part and parcel of her "mental furniture" and that of others studying primitive religion.
Today, those who write on ancient myth or ritual are bound to say the same about Harrison. Her essential ideas, best developed and most clearly put in the Prolegomena, have never been eclipsed.

Jane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928) was a pioneer in the academic study of myth. Using the then emerging disciplines of anthropology and ethnology, she demonstrates in this book (from 1903) that the mythological tales of the Greeks embody systems of belief which are widespread among societies both 'primitive' and 'advanced'.

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« Reply #1: October 21, 2010, 05:21:08 pm »

Title: Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion
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I stumbled across this one today and was wondering if anyone had read it? It's sitting near the very top of my wishlist at the moment, as the reviews are pretty amazing.
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« Reply #2: October 21, 2010, 07:05:13 pm »

I stumbled across this one today and was wondering if anyone had read it? It's sitting near the very top of my wishlist at the moment, as the reviews are pretty amazing.

This is pretty much a Must Read on a lot of Greek Recons book lists. I never got around to it, but meant to.
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