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A Handbook of Greek Religion

A Handbook of Greek Religion

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A
HANDBOOK
OF
GREEK
RELIGION
BY
ARTHUR
FAIRBANKS
NEW
YORK-:-
CINCINNATI-:-
CHICAGO
AMERICAN
BOOK
COMPANY
 
Copyright,
igso,
by
american
book
company.
Ehtihud
at
Stations
ps'
Hai-i,,
London.
FAIRBANKS.
ORBRK
RBUCIOK.
W.
P.
3
 
PREFACE
Although
the
mythology
of
Greece
is
a
familiar
subject,
and
Greek
religiousantiquities
have
long
been
studied,
Greek
re-
ligion,
as
such,
is
a
comparatively
unknown
field.
In
the
pres-
ent
volume,
religious
antiquities,
forms
of
revelation,
and
worship
and
belief
are
discussed
in
Part
I.
from
the
standpoint
of
theirreligioussignificance.
It
may
be
that
readers
who
are
more
interested
in
the
content
than
in
the
form
of
Greek
religion
will
pass
from
the
Introduction
directly
to
Parts
II
and
III,
but
Part
I
has
been
left
in
its
logical
place.
Greek
mythology,
on
the
other
hand,
finds
no
place
in
the
discussion.
If
too
much
emphasis
has
been
laid
on
the
difference
betweenmythology
and
religion,
it
may
be
regarded
as
a
natural
reaction
from
the
usual
identification
of
two
quite
different
interests
ofthe
Greek
mind.
For
various
reasons
Greek
religion
is
not,
like
Greek
my-
thology,
an
easy
subject
to
handle.
There
is
one
mythology,
or
at
least
a
tendency
to
one
mythology,
as
over
against
many
almost
unrelated
forms
of
worship.
Moreover,
mythology
lent
itself
to
literary
treatment,
while
many
of
the
data
for
Greek
religion
come
in
fragmentary
form
from
late
authors.
As
to
other
sources,
inscriptions
are
very
important,
but
they
deal
onlywith
detail;
while
archaeological
remains
are
often
difficult
to
interpret.
Although
no
complete
pictuie
is
possible,
it
is
hoped
that
this
presentation
ofthe
subject
will
give
a
point
of
view
which
will
be
helpful
in
understanding
Greek
authors
as
wellas
in
determining
the
contributionof
Greece
to
the
religious
conceptions
and
forces
of
the
later
world.
ARTHUR
FAIRBANKS.
April,
1
910.
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