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Author Evans, Nancy, 1963-
Title Civic rites : democracy and religion in ancient Athens / Nancy Evans.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010.

Author Evans, Nancy, 1963-
Subject Democracy -- Greece -- Athens -- History -- To 1500.
Democracy -- Greece -- Athens -- Religious aspects -- History -- To 1500.
Religion and politics -- Greece -- Athens.
Athens (Greece) -- Politics and government.
Greece -- Politics and government -- To 146 B.C.
Athens (Greece) -- Religion.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 272 pages) : illustrations, maps
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface -- Introduction / The City of Pericles and Socrates -- Cleisthenes : the family curse behind Athenian democracy -- Athena : religion and the democratic polis -- Pericles : empire and war in the city of Athena -- Demeter : civic worship, women's rites, and the Eleusinian mysteries -- Alcibiades : politics, religion, and the cult of personality -- Dionysus : civic rituals of wine, theater, and transformation -- Socrates : impiety trials in the restored democracy -- Epilogue / The City after Socrates.
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Summary Civic Rites explores the religious origins of Western democracy by examining the government of fifth-century BCE Athens in the larger context of ancient Greece and the eastern Mediterranean. Deftly combining history, politics, and religion to weave together stories of democracy's first leaders and critics, Nancy Evans gives readers a contemporary's perspective on Athenian society. She vividly depicts the physical environment and the ancestral rituals that nourished the people of the earliest democratic state, demonstrating how religious concerns were embedded in Athenian governmental processes.
ISBN 9780520945487 (electronic bk.)
0520945484 (electronic bk.)
9780520262027 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0520262026 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780520262034 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0520262034 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 9786612556166
OCLC # 613205556
Additional Format Print version: Evans, Nancy, 1963- Civic rites. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010 9780520262027 (DLC) 2009042190 (OCoLC)449860395.

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