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« Topic Start: January 12, 2011, 09:22:12 am »

(Might x-post to certain lists I've mostly been lurking on, if I get brave...)

In considering how to fit a Recon practice into a modern life, it occurred to me that maybe I should be thinking about incorporating some sort of hero recognition.  I know that this was done in ancient Greece, and finding modern heroes to recognize feels like an appropriate way to connect the ancient foundation I'm building on with my modern life.

Problem is, I have not a clue what I'm doing here.  I know that heroes were worshipped to some degree; I don't have a good feel for how, or the context, or what determined who made the list, or anything.  So...  I was hoping that people here might have some suggestions as to resources I could consult.  Reliable books much preferred (I'm overdue for some scholarly religious reading and have a handy university library to draw on), but I'll take what I can get.   Wink

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« Reply #1: January 12, 2011, 05:03:05 pm »

Problem is, I have not a clue what I'm doing here.  I know that heroes were worshipped to some degree; I don't have a good feel for how, or the context, or what determined who made the list, or anything.  So...  I was hoping that people here might have some suggestions as to resources I could consult.  Reliable books much preferred (I'm overdue for some scholarly religious reading and have a handy university library to draw on), but I'll take what I can get.   Wink

I don't know a lot about the hero cults. However, I believe most (if not all) heroers were considered to be sons or daughters of one deity or another.
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« Reply #2: January 12, 2011, 05:51:38 pm »

I don't know a lot about the hero cults. However, I believe most (if not all) heroers were considered to be sons or daughters of one deity or another.

Depends on the period, really; there was a wide range of hero cults - some of couples, or families even, and by the Hellenistic period you had an almost routine 'heroization' of ruler-types, as Larson points out in the intro to "Greek Heroine Cults". While that book has a more specific focus, it's one of the more accessible sources on the topic and it does touch on the wide diversity of practices.
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« Reply #3: January 12, 2011, 06:08:56 pm »


There's a Hellenic group in the Boston area that celebrates Patriots' Day (anniversary of Lexington and Concord) as the civic festival of the hero cult for the Founding Fathers.  They pour libations at the statue of George Washington in the Garden, for the gods, the heroes of the battles, and the winners of the Boston Marathon.
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« Reply #4: January 12, 2011, 07:07:54 pm »

Depends on the period, really; there was a wide range of hero cults - some of couples, or families even, and by the Hellenistic period you had an almost routine 'heroization' of ruler-types, as Larson points out in the intro to "Greek Heroine Cults". While that book has a more specific focus, it's one of the more accessible sources on the topic and it does touch on the wide diversity of practices.

Sounds like a place to start, at least...  Thanks!
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« Reply #5: January 12, 2011, 10:25:43 pm »

Depends on the period, really....

True, like almost everything else in Greek religion.
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« Reply #6: January 12, 2011, 10:48:14 pm »

True, like almost everything else in Greek religion.

LOL, exactly. Maybe we should get t-shirts...
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« Reply #7: January 13, 2011, 05:52:30 am »

True, like almost everything else in Greek religion.

Yeah. I realize my phrasing is a bit sloppy here, because there's not going to be one way that it was for every location and every time period.  Since I know next to nothing about the subject, though, I figure nearly anything reliable will be helpful--in the sense of being a place to start getting a handle on the subject if nothing else.
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« Reply #8: January 13, 2011, 03:43:29 pm »

Depends on the period, really; there was a wide range of hero cults - some of couples, or families even, and by the Hellenistic period you had an almost routine 'heroization' of ruler-types, as Larson points out in the intro to "Greek Heroine Cults". While that book has a more specific focus, it's one of the more accessible sources on the topic and it does touch on the wide diversity of practices.

The Larson book is great.  I took several classes from her during my undergrad, and she's brilliant.
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« Reply #9: January 13, 2011, 04:16:00 pm »

The Larson book is great.  I took several classes from her during my undergrad, and she's brilliant.

And the university library has a copy.  ::happy dance::  (I love my university library.  Religious/historical research would be a whole lot more difficult in this town without them.)  I'll definitely pick it up.
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« Reply #10: January 13, 2011, 06:34:28 pm »

The Larson book is great.  I took several classes from her during my undergrad, and she's brilliant.

Oooh, how fortunate! I've read a lot of her work; lovely to hear she's brilliant with classes, too - not all good scholars are good teachers!
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