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Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World by Glenn S. Holland

Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World

by Glenn S. Holland


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How did ancient people cope with the overwhelming mystery of the universe—where the cycles of nature keep predictable time with the sun, moon, and stars; yet where crops can fail, disease can strike, storms can ravage, and empires can fall without warning?

In the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, they responded with a rich variety of religious beliefs that have provided some of Western civilization's most powerful texts: the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the Hebrew Bible, the Greek epics of Homer, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and the New Testament, among many others. Composed largely of stories of human interaction with the divine, these narratives gave ordinary people a window into the unfathomable realm of the sacred.

People also responded with a complex array of religious rituals that survive in the archaeological remains of temples, cultic statues, funerary goods, and household devotional items—artifacts that are among the world's greatest cultural treasures.


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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: R006738
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