The Homeric gods
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The Homeric gods the spiritual significance of Greek religion by Walter Friedrich Gustav Hermann Otto

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Published by Thames & Hudson in London .
Written in English

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This translation originally published: Pantheon Books, 1954 - Translation of :Die Götter Griechenlands. Bonn: Cohen, 1929.

Statement[translated from the German by Moses Hadas].
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Open LibraryOL19104892M

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  Book from the Archaeological Survey of India Central Archaeological Library, New Delhi. Book Number: Book Title: Homeric gods Book Author: Otto, Walter F. Book Language: English. In many respects, this book is considered to be the best guide ever written on Homeric religion. The analysis by W. F. Otto, while being very careful in terms of interpretation, denotes an open consonance of the author with the spirit - sometimes brutal and, for our mentality, immoral - of Greek polytheism/5.   Otto’s The Homeric Gods embraces this generalization of Nietzsche and sets the Homeric gods in opposition not only to Judeo-Christianity but also to the bourgeois form of life in general. What makes Otto’s book unique and useful is that he actually uses Homer and other archaic and Classical sources to explain the gods. In Part 2, which forms the bulk of the book, Heath argues for the superiority of Homer over the biblical tradition across five themes: (1) Homer’s direct presentation of flawed gods vs. biblical (and later exegetical) attempts to “clean up” the divine; (2) the Homeric (and Hesiodic) creation myth in which the god in power at present is.

The Homeric Gods: The Spiritual Significance of Greek Religion Walter F. Otto Snippet view - The Homeric gods: the spiritual significance of Greek religion. The Nature of Homer’s Gods Rescuing their Reputations from the Scholars by John Prendergast. The human story in the Iliad is elevated beyond the ordinary by a divine story about the authentic, functioning pantheon of the time, a story driven by the character of the various gods, which portrays their individual scope and function through their behavior and how they interact with one another. Homer (/ ˈ h oʊ m ər /; Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος Greek pronunciation: [hómɛːros], Hómēros) is the semi-legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems that are the central works of ancient Greek Iliad is set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy by a coalition of Greek kingdoms. It focuses on a quarrel between King Agamemnon and. The gods of Homer may help to explain the gods of Plato, but the gods of Plato can only hinder our search for the gods of Homer. More surprisingly, we must clear from our minds also the more primitive notions that seem to emerge from the archaeological evidence of pre-Homeric times, even though many earlier practices survived long after-.

The Homeric Chronicles is much more than a retelling of the Trojan War. Using Homer, Apollodorus, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Greek plays and various other sources, Janell Rhiannon follows 5 major kingdoms as a series of prophecies and marriages herald the coming of a great war. This book seeks to fill this void in Homeric studies by exploring the function of sacrifice within the context of the Iliad and the ways in which the goals of the poem shape the representation and meaning of sacrifice. I will focus exclusively on animal sacrifices performed with the intention of influencing gods and the outcome of events. The Homeric gods: the spiritual significance of Greek religion Walter Friedrich Otto Snippet view - The Homeric Gods: The Spiritual Significance of Greek Religion.   The epics that are associated with Homer’s name, the Iliad and the Odyssey, emerge from a long tradition of oral song that extends back into the Late Bronze Age. The poems themselves, however, date from the late 8th or early 7th centuries bc. From the perspective of religious belief and religious practice, the society that is described in these epics, like the society of the 8th- and 7th Author: Elizabeth Minchin.