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Light of the Gods

  • This book examines the use and significance of light in ancient Greek cult of the Archaic and Classical periods (from the seventh to the fourth century BCE). The research covers all available evidence, ranging from literary texts and inscriptions to representations of light in vase-painting and sculpture, and surviving physical remains from excavations of Greek sanctuaries. Light is treated both as an abstract component of brightness which forms part of the nature of the gods and as an artefact which assumes concrete forms in divine hands. As a possession of mortals, light was regularly involved in contact with the gods. The book considers a numberof rituals in connection with the types and amount of light that they required, and the different roles that light played in them. It shows that the involvement of light in Greek cult was a complex phenomenon, which penetrated a great variety of ritual practices and religious beliefs surrounding the worship of gods in Archaic and Classical Greece.
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