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By Jean-Pierre Vernant

During this groundbreaking learn, Jean Pierre-Vernant delineates a compelling new imaginative and prescient of historic Greece. delusion and Society in old Greece takes us faraway from the calm and ordinary photographs of Polykleitos and the Parthenon to bare a essentially different tradition one in every of slavery, of mask and demise, of scapegoats, of formality searching and ecstasies.

Vernant's provocative dialogue of varied associations and practices together with warfare, marriage, and sacrifice info the complicated intersection of the spiritual, social, and political constructions of historical Greece. The publication concludes with Vernant's authoritative family tree of the learn of delusion from antiquity to structuralism and beyond.

Jean Pierre-Vernant is Professor Emeritus of Comparative examine of historic Religions on the Collège de France in Paris. Janet Lloyd is a translator and author residing in England.

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Even before it the balance was necessarily an uneasy one; it rested upon the tension between the will to leadership of the various states " ' " and the ideal of self-sufficiency that no city could renounce without denying its very nature. Apart from the· occasional �lliance, - the states regrouped into amphictyonic partnerships centering, as at Delphi, around 'a ' sanctuary. Union was possible on a religious but noton a political level. ,. in strictly ideological te-nns. There were; on the one hand, those .

S-tCthe phratries during which, at puberty, the Athenian adolescents were enrolled as members of the group by their fathers, following the vote of approval of the phrateres. However, it would seem that this integration into the phratry came about at the end of a period of "latency" during which the ephebe was, in the company of the rest of his age-group, segregated from society and sent to the "wild" frontier regions, where he underwent a military training that constituted a kind of initiation into the status of a warrior, as well as into that of a member of the community.

To' consider no more than the religious a:spect of these conflicts, it should be noted that the Greeks could not, cis the Jews did, desire to destroy the gods of the enemy, nor, in the manner of the Hittites or the Romans, t�ke them over as exiles so that the religious powers of the enemy could be assimilated. Since the gods were common to both camps they were invoked as arbiters who would guaran­ tee the rules that both sides had to obse�e. -T� this e�tent the wars between the city-states were an extension of the family con­ frontations of the vendetta.

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