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The Cosmos in Ancient Greek Religious Experience: Sacred Space, Memory, and Cognition

by: Boutsikas, E.

Price: 92,78 EURO

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Category: New Books
Code: 26851
ISBN-13: 9781108488174 / 978-1-108-48817-4
ISBN-10: 110848817X / 1-108-48817-X
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2020
Publication Place: Cambridge
Binding: Cloth
Pages: 263
Book Condition: New

In this book, Efrosyni Boutsikas examines ancient Greek religious performances, intricately orchestrated displays comprising topography, architecture, space, cult, and myth. These various elements were unified in a way that integrated the body within cosmic space and made the sacred extraordinary. Boutsikas also explores how natural light or the night-sky may have assisted in intensifying the experience of these rituals, and how they may have determined ancient perceptions of the cosmos. The author's digital and virtual reconstructions of ancient skyscapes and religious structures during such occurrences unveil a deeper understanding of the importance of time and place in religious experience. Boutsikas shows how they shaped emotions, cosmological beliefs, and ritual memory of the participants. Her study revolutionises our understanding on ancient emotionality and cognitive experience, demonstrating how Greek religious spaces were vibrant arenas of a shared experience of the cosmos.

Provides a nuanced inter-disciplinary approach to the study of ancient Greek religion which incorporates astronomy (time), classical texts, and archaeology along with current digital technology
Offers palpable examples of how experience can influence cognitive processes and the formation and retrieval of memories
Introduces total environment reconstructions, which include also the sky as visible at the time of religious performances in antiquity

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Methodological Advances, Approaches, and Considerations
3. Worship in Space and Time
4. Astronomy and Perceptual Cognition in Apolline Cults
5. The Cosmos in Manifestations of Identity, Memory, and Remembrance
6. Cosmic Time in Greek Mystery Cults
7. Epilogue.

 
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The Cosmos in Ancient Greek Religious Experience: Sacred Space, Memory, and Cognition

by: Boutsikas, E.

  • ISBN-13: 9781108488174 / 978-1-108-48817-4
  • ISBN-03: 110848817X / 1-108-48817-X
  • Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2020

Price: 92,78 EURO

(in stock)