Underworld Gods in Ancient Greek Religion: Death and Reciprocity

1st Edition

Ellie Mackin Roberts

March 25, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9781138574588 - CAT# Y382553
Series: Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies


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This volume presents a case for how and why people in archaic and classical Greece worshipped Underworld gods.

These gods are often portrayed as malevolent and transgressive, giving an impression that ancient worshipers derived little or no benefits from developing ongoing relationships with them. In this book, the first book-length study that focuses on Underworld gods as an integral part of the religious landscape of the period, Mackin Roberts challenges this view and shows that Underworld gods are, in many cases, approached and ‘befriended’ in the same way as any other kind of god.

Underworld Gods in Ancient Greek Religion provides a fascinating insight into the worship of these deities, and will be of interest to anyone working on ancient Greek religion and cult.

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