“A milestone, not only in the field of classics but in the wider field of the history of religion It will find a place alongside the works of Jane Ellen Harrison. Homo Necans has 99 ratings and 5 reviews. David said: What is it about animal sacrifice that makes otherwise staid European scholars and experts on go ap. Burkert, Walter: Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth. University of California Press, , pbk. pp.
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Emily Lin rated it did not like it Sep 27, His most recent work has been devoted to examining the influence of the ancient Near East on archaic Greek civilization. But, unlike Smith, who seems to rule out diachronic considerations categorically in favor of synchronic taxonomies or analogical comparisons, Burkert remains interested in questions of long-term historical evolution and cross-cultural influence.
Translated by Peter Bing. Both depend upon basic biological or cultural programs of action and detachment from pragmatic reality. Nada Samman rated it it was amazing Apr 21, How can this not cause a certain ambivalence? The Bourgeois Experience Victoria to Freud.
Pythagorean rated it liked it Dec 27, At the same time, it has relegated death to the fringes of existence and thought. University of Hlmo Press- History – pages. Burkert’s thesis is that sacrifice comes out of rituals from the earliest hominid hunters, perhaps even before language arose.
To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. University of California Pr Amazon. The book that was controversial at its first appearance was less revolutionary when it finally appeared in English, Burkert noted, in an introduction to the English translation University of California Press, Andrew rated it really liked it Jan 24, Collecting together various myths and worship sites, he convincingly shows how they derive from these ancient sacrificial rites, even if no animals that we know of were actually sacrificed.
Selected pages Title Page. Cristina rated it really liked it Dec 11, To ask other readers questions about Homo Necansplease sign up. Kimberly Chandler rated it liked it Feb 07, You do not currently have access to this article. As the idealistic tradition deteriorates, however, secret societies, ecstatic behavior, love of violence and death spring up all the more wildly and destructively amid seemingly rational orders’ Ritual cannot be produced artificially, much less its transcendent orientation, which is no longer shrouded in necana and secrets.
His necaans wed philology and history with methods drawn from anthropology and resemble the work of Jonathan Z. Burkert supports his thesis by integrating a multitude of examples that necqns primitive ritual as it is reflected in Greek mythology. This is also why we feel most ambivalent about hhomo, incidentally: Burkert Walter Burkert Necnas preview – Article PDF first page preview.
At least with cows and sheep and goats we can tell ourselves we’re doing it for the fleece or milk, etc. How did this violent phenomenon achieve the status of the sacred? Weaver Award for Scholarly Letters.
Nevertheless, ritual and myth share several important features: Interpretationen Altgriechischer Opferriten und Mythen is a book on ancient Greek religion and mythology by Walter Burkert. He draws some evidence from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Necsns, and the Bible, but focuses primarily on ancient Greece, his area of expertise. Don’t have an account? I liked this book, actually, it’s fun, but it’s in a certain tradition, ranging from Robertson Necqns to Rene Girard, of just making stuff up about how all religion goes back to some primal, orgiastic desire to kill and rip and eat the flesh of necanw as a way of resolving our desires to kill and rip and eat the flesh of one another – and usually that it all goes back to a distant paleolithic time of origins when we became human by killing other living creatures.
Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth
Westin Journal of Hellenic Studiesremarked that the book was “an exceptional intellectual experience”. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The guilt incurred in hoom violence of the hunt was reflected in sacred crimes, which through rituals of cleansing and expiation served to unify communities.
I liked this book, actually, it’s fun, but it’s in a certain tradition, ranging from Robertson Smith to Rene Girard, of just making stuff up about how all religion goes back to some primal, orgiastic desire to kill and rip and eat the flesh of animals as a way of resolving our desires to kill and rip What is it about animal sacrifice that makes otherwise staid Mecans scholars and experts on go ape-shit crazy and start fantasizing about primal violence and making up strange myths of their own?
The prose is quite dense, however interesting the content, making it hard to read long stretches at a time. This question is examined in Walter Burkert’s famous study.
Stefan Reyes rated it it was amazing Dec 05, Burkert’s work proceeds through intense, meticulous historical and philological investigation, seeking to understand Greek religion in and of itself. Lists with This Book. Don’t already have an Necan Academic account?
Burkert’s Greek Religion is the current, standard handbook on the religions of ancient Greece.