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The Cosmos in Ancient Greek Religious Experience: Sacred Space, Memory, Cognition

Boutsikas, Efrosyni (2020) The Cosmos in Ancient Greek Religious Experience: Sacred Space, Memory, Cognition. Cambridge University Press, New York E-ISBN 978-1-108-76908-2. (In press) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:69817)

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Abstract

In this book, Efrosyni Boutsikas examines ancient Greek religious performances, intricately orchestrated displays comprising topography, architecture, space, cult, and myth. These various elements were unified in a way that integrated the body within cosmic space and made the sacred extraordinary. Boutsikas also explores how natural light or the night-sky may have assisted in intensifying the experience of these rituals, and how they may have to determined ancient perceptions of the cosmos. The author's digital and virtual reconstructions of ancient skyscapes and religious structures during such occurrences unveil a deeper understanding of the importance of time and place in religious experience. Boutsikas shows how they shaped emotions, cosmological beliefs, and ritual memory of the participants. Her study revolutionises our understanding on ancient emotionality and cognitive experience, demonstrating how Greek religious spaces were vibrant arenas of a shared experience of the cosmos.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Efrosyni Boutsikas
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2018 18:28 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2020 03:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69817 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Boutsikas, Efrosyni: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0226-7959
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