The Gods of the Greeks
Wisconsin Studies in Classics
Laura McClure, Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell, and Matthew Roller, Series Editors
“Decades after its initial publication in German, Erika Simon's magisterial study of the Olympian gods is still a basic source for Greek religion in all its manifestations. Now thanks to this elegant translation, English readers will have the opportunity to delve deeply into the archaeological and textual sources which inform our understanding of these ageless divinities.”
Originally published fifty years ago, The Gods of the Greeks has remained an enduring work. Influential scholar Erika Simon was one of the first to emphasize the importance of analyzing visual culture alongside literature to better understand how ancient Greeks perceived their gods. Giving due consideration to cult ritual and the phenomenon of genealogical relationships between mortals and immortals, this pioneering volume remains one of the few to approach the Greek gods from an archaeological perspective. From Zeus to Hermes, each of the major deities is considered in turn, with Simon's insights on their nature and attributes guiding the reader to a fuller understanding of how their followers perceived and worshipped them in the ancient world.
This careful and fluid translation finally makes Simon's landmark edition accessible to English-language readers. With an abundance of beautiful illustrations, the book examines portrayals of the thirteen major gods in art over the course of two millennia. Scholars who study the lives and practices of those living in ancient Greece will value this newest contribution.
“Shows an impressive mastery of the archaeological and poetic documents from Homer and Hesiod to Pindar and Attic tragedy.”
400 pp. 8 x 10
312 b/w illus.