The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe
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Series: Acumen Handbooks
Editor(s): Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen, Olav Hammer and David A. Warburton  
ISBN: 1844657094
ISBN-13: 9781844657094
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2013
Pages: 480 (246 x 174 mm)
Format: Hardback
Published Price: £90.00
Discount Price: £72.00
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DESCRIPTION:
The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe surveys the major religious currents of Europe before Christianity – the first continental religion with hegemonic ambition – wiped out most local religions. The evidence – whether archaeological or written – is notoriously difficult to interpret, and the variety of religions documented by the sources and the range of languages used are bewildering. The Handbook brings together leading authorities on pre-Christian religious history to provide a state-of-the-art survey. The first section of the book covers the Prehistoric period, from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age. The second section covers the period since writing systems began. Ranging across the Mediterranean and Northern, Celtic and Slavic Europe, the essays assess the archaeological and textual evidence. Dispersed archaeological remains and biased outside sources constitute our main sources of information, so the complex task of interpreting these traces is explained for each case. The Handbook also aims to highlight the plurality of religion in ancient Europe: the many ways in which it is expressed, notably in discourse, action, organization, and material culture; how it is produced and maintained by different people with different interests; how communities always connect with or disassociate from adjunct communities and how their beliefs and rituals are shaped by these relationships. The Handbook will be invaluable to anyone interested in ancient history and also to scholars and students of religion, anthropology, archaeology, and classical studies.

REVIEWS:
"This volume, written by specialists, starts in pre-history and brings together most of the religions of ancient Europe. It shows the fascinating variety of these religions and opens up a vast field for the attentive reader." – Ingvild Sælid Gilhus, University of Bergen

AUTHOR BIO:
Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen is lecturer in the Scandinavian Studies department at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Olav Hammer is Professor of History of Religions at the University of Southern Denmark. David Warburton works in the Theology Department at Aarhus University, Denmark.

CONTENTS:
1. Introduction, Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen, Olav Hammer, and David A. Warburton
Part I: Prehistoric Religions
2. Studying Prehistoric Religions, Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen and David A. Warburton
3. Prehistoric Material and Religion: A Personal Odyssey, Jarl Nordbladh
4. Francesco d’Errico and the Origins of Religion, David A. Warburton
5. On Paleolithic Religion, Emmanuel Anati
6. Ian Hodder and the Neolithic, Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen and David A. Warburton
7. Neolithic Cult Images? The Testimony of Figurines for Neolithic Religion, Jörg Petrasch
8. Religious Practices in Northern Europe 4000-2000 BC, Charlotte Damm
9. Mythological Aspects of Nordic Bronze Age Religion, Flemming Kaul
10. Religion and Society in the Bronze Age, Kristian Kristiansen
11. The Religions of Prehistoric Europe & the Study of Prehistoric Religion, Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen and David A. Warburton
Part II: Ancient Europe in the Historical Period
12. Minoan and Mycenaean Religion, David A. Warburton
13. Etruscan Religion, Jean M. Turfa
14. The Religions of the Iberian Peninsula, F. Marco Simón
15. Italic Religion, Guy Bradley and Fay Glinister
16. Roman Religion, Susanne William Rasmussen
17. Ancient Greek Religion, Lars Albinus
18. The Graeco-Roman Cult of Isis, Birgitte Bøgh
19. The Cult of Mithras, Manfred Clauss
20. Religious Platonism: Philosophy and Religion in the Platonic Tradition, Kevin Corrigan and Michael Harrington
21. Insular Celtic Religion, Karen Bek-Pedersen
22. Continental Germanic Religion, Rudolf Simek
23. Pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon Religion, John D. Niles
24. Old Norse Religion, Britt-Mari Näsström
25. Slavic Religion, Leszek Słupecki
26. Baltic Religion, Sigma Ankrava
27. Religion in Prehistoric Finland, Veikko Anttonen
28. Sami Religion, Håkan Rydving