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.
Excellent. Thanks. That helps.
Would you agree with this kind of reasoning: The fact that we don't (=pster doesn't) know the names of any Greek priests implies that the priests did not have as much power as the leaders? Or at a minimum puts the burden of proof on those who would claim otherwise? I mean I know the names of Greek prostitutes but not Greek priests!
Here is the thing. I don't mind buying a book tonight, but I want to know it is the best available treatment of the question of power relations
with respect to the temples, rites, etc.
Is there a Marxist treatment?! Never felt the need to ask that before. Hehe.
What does Max Weber say? I don't have my library with me! Are there any good articles? I have access to JSTOR.