rkday wrote:What have you read? As you say, Peter Brown works on late antiquity, so he's probably not the most helpful author to look at - try Robert Parker's "Athenian Religion" to learn about the society we have the best evidence for, or chapters fourteen through eighteen of Blackwell's new A Companion to Greek Religion for a broader view.
Scribo wrote:it's also something that suffers heavily from poor sources and even poorer scholarship.
Scribo wrote:Anything comparing to the two is going to be somewhat derivitive tbh.
There's a book "Religion and the Ancient Greek City"
there you go, good starting point, most of the stuff you're after only really becomes apparent once you've grasped the material and started thinking on how to apply it for analysis though.
Scribo wrote:Also saying that all the Greek states had the same rites/gods is highly, highly, controversial. I'd go so far as to call it academic fantasy: What you do get is high levels of syncretionism across a variety of styles.
As for intra poleis - you get examples like the Athenian state having to come in take over the Eleusian mysteries because they're becoming more popular, or the politic behind setting up a new temple to a foreign deity (Plato and one or two of the orators touch on this actually) and such like.
Also you still have to bear in mind how Athenocentric our sources are in general.
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