CLAS104 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Homeric Hymns, Ancient Greek Religion, Robert Garland

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Yet religion was something for which the greeks, who had a word for most things, did not have a word. What we identify as religion was not regarded by them as something distinct and separate from other departments of life. On the contrary, the secular and the [sacred] were constantly overlapping and intersecting with one another. The gods were everywhere and in all things. Ritual school: myth was used in ritual eg. dithyramb eg. [1] i sing of cyllenian hermes, the slayer of argus, lord of mt. Cyllene and arcadia rich in flocks, luck-bringing messenger of the deathless gods. He was born of maia, the daughter of. Atlas, when she had mated with zeus, a shy goddess she. And so hail to you, son of zeus and maia; with you i have begun: now i will turn to another song! Ritual school: myth was used in ritual, but myth had a life of its own.

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