By Jennifer Wright Knust, Zsuzsanna Varhelyi
Interpreting the various spiritual texts and practices of the past due Hellenistic and Roman classes, this number of essays investigates the various meanings and services of formality sacrifice within the historical global. The essays survey sacrificial acts, historical theories, and literary in addition to inventive depictions of sacrifice, exhibiting that any try and determine a unmarried underlying importance of sacrifice is futile. Sacrifice can't be outlined purely as a primal expression of violence, regardless of the common equation of sacrifice to faith and sacrifice to violence in lots of smooth scholarly works; neither is it enough to argue that every one sacrifice should be defined through guilt, by way of the necessity to arrange and distribute animal flesh, or through the communal functionality of either the sacrificial ritual and the meal. because the authors of those essays display, sacrifice might be invested with all of those meanings, or none of them. The killing of the animal, for instance, may possibly occur offstage instead of in sight, and the sensible, day by day regimen of plant and animal choices could have been invested with which means, too. but sacrificial acts, or discourses approximately those acts, did provide a big website of contestation for plenty of old writers, even if the religions they have been protecting now not participated in sacrifice. Negotiations over the which means of sacrifice remained significant to the aggressive machinations of the literate elite, and their refined theological arguments didn't a lot undermine sacrificial perform as proceed to imagine its crucial validity. old Mediterranean Sacrifice deals new perception into the connections and ameliorations one of the Greek and Roman, Jewish and Christian religions.
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La cuisine du sacrifice en pays grec (Paris: Editions Gallimard, 1979), English translation by Paula Wissing, The Cuisine of Sacrifice among the Greeks (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989). For a review of the approach of the Paris school, see Petropoulou, Animal Sacrifice, 13–14. Over the past few years, several symposia have been organized to assess the Detienne-Vernant-Durand hypothesis. , La cuisine et l’autel: Les sacrifices en questions dans les sociétés de la Méditerranée ancienne, Bibliothèque de l’École des Hautes Études Sciences Religieuses 124 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2005), and Véronique Mehl and Pierre Brulé, Le sacrifice antique: Vestiges, procedures et strategies, Collection “Histoire” (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2008).
Girard, Violence and the Sacred, esp. 143–62. 37. Girard, Violence and the Sacred, 11. 38. Girard, Violence and the Sacred, 297–99, 306, 309–12. 39. On the popular reception of this approach in contemporary contexts, see Frankfurter, “Ritual as Accusation and Atrocity,” 352–80. 40. Girard, Violence and the Sacred, 23. ” in Ancient Introduction 27 Victims, Modern Observers: Reflections on Greek and Animal Sacrifice, edited by Christopher A. Faraone and F. S. Naiden (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), forthcoming.
14. Frazer, Golden Bough, 1927 edition, 384–85. 15. “Thus in the acuter minds magic is gradually superseded by religion, which explains the succession of natural phenomena as regulated by the will, the passion, or the caprice of spiritual beings like man in kind, though vastly superior to him in power. But as time goes on this explanation in its turn proves to be unsatisfactory. . Thus the keener minds, still pressing forward to a deeper solution of the mysteries of the universe come to reject the religious theory of nature as inadequate.