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The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe

Edited by: Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen , Olav Hammer , David A. Warburton

Print publication date:  November  2013
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9781844657094
eBook ISBN: 9781315728971
Adobe ISBN: 9781317544531

10.4324/9781315728971
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"The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe" surveys the major religious currents of Europe before Christianity - the first continental religion with hegemonic ambition - wiped out most local religions. The evidence - whether archaeological or written - is notoriously difficult to interpret, and the variety of religions documented by the sources and the range of languages used are bewildering. The "Handbook" brings together leading authorities on pre-Christian religious history to provide a state-of-the-art survey. The first section of the book covers the Prehistoric period, from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age. The second section covers the period since writing systems began. Ranging across the Mediterranean and Northern, Celtic and Slavic Europe, the essays assess the archaeological and textual evidence. Dispersed archaeological remains and biased outside sources constitute our main sources of information, so the complex task of interpreting these traces is explained for each case. The "Handbook" also aims to highlight the plurality of religion in ancient Europe: the many ways in which it is expressed, notably in discourse, action, organization, and material culture; how it is produced and maintained by different people with different interests; how communities always connect with or disassociate from adjunct communities and how their beliefs and rituals are shaped by these relationships. The "Handbook" will be invaluable to anyone interested in ancient History and also to scholars and students of Religion, Anthropology, Archaeology, and Classical Studies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Studying prehistoric religions Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Prehistoric material and religion: a personal odyssey Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Francesco d’Errico and the origins of religion Download PDF
Chapter  5:  On Palaeolithic religion Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Ian Hodder and the Neolithic Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Neolithic cult images? The testimony of figurines for Neolithic religion Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Religious practices in northern Europe 4000–2000 BCE Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Mythological aspects of Nordic Bronze Age religion Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Religion and society in the Bronze Age Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The religions of prehistoric Europe and the study of prehistoric religion Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Minoan and Mycenaean religion Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Etruscan Religion Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The religions of the Iberian Peninsula Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Italic religion Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Roman religion Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Ancient Greek Religion Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Graeco-Roman cult of Isis Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The cult of Mithras Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Religious Platonism: philosophy and religion in the Platonic tradition Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Insular Celtic religion Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Continental Germanic religion Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon religion Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Old Norse religion Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Slavic religion Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Baltic religion Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Religion in prehistoric Finland Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Sami religion Download PDF
References Download PDF
Contributors Download PDF
Timeline_of_Key_Dates Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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