Another exciting new Oxford handbook is scheduled for publication next month. The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, edited by Esther Eidinow and Julia Kindt, offers a broad overview of Greek religion from archaic to Hellenistic times, including numerous case studies and some 43 chapters on topics ranging from belief and practice to the deities, daimonic powers, the afterlife, sacrifice, and healing. Google Books has already scanned a sample that suggests plentiful Corinthiaka on topics such as the debate over sacred prostitution at Corinth, the city treasury at Delphi, particular cults, sanctuaries, and divine epiphanies. But the book’s general content by itself will offer state-of-the-field syntheses of a host of subjects related to ancient religion.
The publisher page describes the book in this way:
This handbook offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship in ancient Greek religion, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods. It presents not only key information, but also explores the ways in which such information is gathered and the different approaches that have shaped the area. In doing so, the volume provides a crucial research and orientation tool for students of the ancient world, and also makes a vital contribution to the key debates surrounding the conceptualization of ancient Greek religion.
The handbook’s initial chapters lay out the key dimensions of ancient Greek religion, approaches to evidence, and the representations of myths. The following chapters discuss the continuities and differences between religious practices in different cultures, including Egypt, the Near East, the Black Sea, and Bactria and India. The range of contributions emphasizes the diversity of relationships between mortals and the supernatural – in all their manifestations, across, between, and beyond ancient Greek cultures – and draws attention to religious activities as dynamic, highlighting how they changed over time, place, and context.
And the table of contents suggests wide-ranging approaches:
List of Figures
Abbreviations and Conventions
List of Contributors
Introduction Esther Eidinow and Julia Kindt
Part 1: What is Ancient Greek Religion?
1. Unity vs. Diversity?, Robin Osborne
2. Belief vs. Practice?, Tom Harrison
3. Old vs. New?, Emily Kearns
4. Many vs. One?, Vinciane Pirenne Delforge and Gabriella Pironti
Part 2: Types of Evidence
5. Visual Evidence, Milette Gaifman
6. Literary Evidence: Prose, Hannah Willey
7. Literary Evidence: Poetry, Renaud Gagne
8. Epigraphic Evidence, Claire Taylor
9. Material Evidence, Caitlin E. Barrett
10. Papyrology, David Martinez
Part 3: Myths? Contexts and Representations
11. Epic, Richard Martin
12. Art and Imagery, Tanja Scheer
13. Drama, Claude Calame
14. History, Robert Fowler
15. Philosophy, Rick Benitez and Harold Tarrant
Part 4: Where?
16. Temples and Sanctuaries, Mike Scott
17. Households, Families, and Women, Matt Dillon
18. Religion in Communities, Kostas Vlassopoulos
19. Regional Religious Groups, Amphictionies, and Other Leagues, Christy Constantakopoulou
Part 5: How?
20. Religious Expertise, Mike Flower
21. New Gods, Ralph Anderson
22. Impiety, Hugh Bowden
23. ‘Sacred Law’, Andrej Petrovic
Part 6: Who?
24. Gods: Olympian or Chthonic, Susan Deacy
25. Gods: Origins, Carolina Lopez-Ruiz
26. Heroes: Living or Dead?, Gunnel Ekroth
27. Dead or Alive?, Emanuel Voutiras
28. Daimonic Power, Giulia Sfameni Gasparro
29. Deification: Gods or Men?, Ivana Petrovic
Part 7: What?
30. Prayer and Curse, Henk Versnel
31. Sacrifice, Fred Naiden
32. Oracles and Divination, Sarah Iles Johnston
33. Epiphany, Verity Platt
34. Healing, Fritz Graf
Part 8: When?
35. From Birth to Death: Life-changing Rituals, Sarah Hitch
36. Ritual Cycles: Calendars and Festivals, Jan-Matheiu Carbon
37. Imagining the After-Life, Radcliffe Edmonds III
Part 9: Beyond?
38. Magna Graecia (South Italy and Sicily), Gillian Shepherd
39. The Northern Black Sea: The Case of the Bosporan Kingdom, Maya Muratov
40. The Ancient Near East, Jan Bremmer
41. Greco-Egyptian Religion, Kathrin Kleibl
42. Bactria and India, Rachael Mairs
43. China and Greece: Comparisons and Insights, Lisa Raphals