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« Topic Start: December 29, 2008, 04:36:28 am »

Hi all. I am hoping that you may be able to help me if you have a spare moment and the inclination  Wink I'm a Stoic by philosophy and want to learn more about the religion of the Greek Stoic era's (say 300BCE to 200AD). I have decided to start by researching Ares in particular, as He is strongly associated with an aspect of life that challenges me. I am hoping that some of you may be able to point me at reliable (preferably online) resources or suggestions for lines of reading/research. I will of course be doing my own research, so may beg your indulgence when I find new resources.

Any and all help is gratefully accepted Smiley

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« Reply #1: December 29, 2008, 04:41:33 am »


Sorry, I just reread and realised that I had missed mentioning Athena (I got interrupted while typing), but figured it was too late to edit.
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« Reply #2: December 29, 2008, 06:25:43 pm »


Well for Ares, I recommend his page on theoi.com.  Unfortunately, Athena's page on that site isn't as full as one might expect.  (Strangely, so are the ones for Zeus, Poseidon and Apollo).

However, if you want info on the actual cults of these dieties, I find Greek Religion by Walter Burkert much more (in my experiance) reliable than most of the stuff found online.
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« Reply #3: December 29, 2008, 06:46:00 pm »

Well for Ares, I recommend his page on theoi.com.  Unfortunately, Athena's page on that site isn't as full as one might expect.  (Strangely, so are the ones for Zeus, Poseidon and Apollo).

However, if you want info on the actual cults of these dieties, I find Greek Religion by Walter Burkert much more (in my experiance) reliable than most of the stuff found online.

Thank you very much for the suggestion. I have been encountering Burket in my research and was wondering if I should trot off to the library/bookshop.
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« Reply #4: December 29, 2008, 06:53:27 pm »

Thank you very much for the suggestion. I have been encountering Burket in my research and was wondering if I should trot off to the library/bookshop.

Oh yes. Burkert's Greek Religion is on pretty much every GR's recommended reading list.
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« Reply #5: December 29, 2008, 09:00:22 pm »

Thank you very much for the suggestion. I have been encountering Burket in my research and was wondering if I should trot off to the library/bookshop.

Definitely. Burkert's Greek Religion is definitely and strongly recommended.
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« Reply #6: December 30, 2008, 08:12:47 pm »

Hi all. I am hoping that you may be able to help me if you have a spare moment and the inclination  Wink I'm a Stoic by philosophy and want to learn more about the religion of the Greek Stoic era's (say 300BCE to 200AD). I have decided to start by researching Ares in particular, as He is strongly associated with an aspect of life that challenges me. I am hoping that some of you may be able to point me at reliable (preferably online) resources or suggestions for lines of reading/research. I will of course be doing my own research, so may beg your indulgence when I find new resources.

Any and all help is gratefully accepted Smiley

Cheers, BGMarc

Here are a few more links that might be helpful

http://www.neosalexandria.org/ares_texts.htm - passages from ancient texts about Ares
http://www.neosalexandria.org/ares_ancienthymns.htm - Ancient hymns to Ares
http://www.neosalexandria.org/ares_modernera.htm - Ares in the Modern Era, an essay by a devotee of Ares
http://www.astrologyguild.com/mythmars.htm- Mars: The God of War
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« Reply #7: December 31, 2008, 12:17:57 am »

Here are a few more links that might be helpful

http://www.neosalexandria.org/ares_texts.htm - passages from ancient texts about Ares
http://www.neosalexandria.org/ares_ancienthymns.htm - Ancient hymns to Ares
http://www.neosalexandria.org/ares_modernera.htm - Ares in the Modern Era, an essay by a devotee of Ares
http://www.astrologyguild.com/mythmars.htm- Mars: The God of War

Thank you very much for the links. Thank you also to the recommendations from Lyric and Randall. I'm starting to enjoy this line of research a lot already. I can see it keeping me busy for at least the quarter. Now I just need to distill and engage in some practice.
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