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« Topic Start: January 03, 2008, 11:29:51 pm »

I'm interested in learning more about Hellenic Polytheism, and was wondering what resources are best for a person just beggining in it. Thank you for any help that you are able to give me.
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« Reply #1: January 04, 2008, 12:09:01 am »

I'm interested in learning more about Hellenic Polytheism, and was wondering what resources are best for a person just beggining in it. Thank you for any help that you are able to give me.

For books, I would start with Greek Religion by Walter Burkert.

As for websites, start with Sannion's Sanctuary and Winterscapes
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« Reply #2: January 04, 2008, 08:05:29 am »

I'm interested in learning more about Hellenic Polytheism, and was wondering what resources are best for a person just beggining in it. Thank you for any help that you are able to give me.

You'll find a number of resources listed on the Hellenic Recon page of TC's Web site.
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« Reply #3: January 04, 2008, 01:17:01 pm »

For books, I would start with Greek Religion by Walter Burkert.
an excellent resource which belongs on the shelf of anyone who is serious about studying Hellenic religion. this is by far the best book available, imo.

however i'm going to suggest Jon Mikalson's 'Ancient Greek Religion' as perhaps a better starting point. it is much shorter, albeit far less in depth. a quite readable book which will align you with the basics in a very accessable way.

and good luck!
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« Reply #4: January 04, 2008, 02:24:19 pm »

I'm interested in learning more about Hellenic Polytheism, and was wondering what resources are best for a person just beggining in it. Thank you for any help that you are able to give me.

What others have said.

I also recommend reading the old stuff as well. The myths are not the religion, but they have much importance. I personally tend to turn often to Hesiod's Theogony & Works and Days, the Homeric Hymns, the Orphic Hymns, and sometimes the Hymns of Callimachus (there are only a few, so they don't get pulled out as often)

There's also Pausanias's Guide to Greece which offers a lot of commentary on the worship of the gods in different locations...It's a lengthy work and can be found here:

http://www.theoi.com/Text/Pausanias1A.html

Speaking of which, http://www.theoi.com is absolutely indispensable for information on mythology as well as an online library of many ancient texts. (To give you an idea of how heavily used the site is, it once went down for a few days due to being hacked, and made to appear to be destroyed by the Greek government. During this time, the Hellenic community- at least the multitude of email lists that I was on- was in some combination of uproar and mourning. There is not another site like it on the web.)

Speaking of email lists...go to yahoo groups and look for Hellenic lists. There are squillions ranging from general Hellenic to those dedicated to the worship of specific gods. Many of them are very good.

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« Reply #5: February 25, 2008, 11:53:54 am »

I'm interested in learning more about Hellenic Polytheism, and was wondering what resources are best for a person just beggining in it. Thank you for any help that you are able to give me.

Not sure if it's a good beginner's site, but Biblioteca Arcana site has a lot of interesting information:

http://www.cs.utk.edu/~Mclennan/BA/index.html
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