“A milestone, not only in the field of classics but in the wider field of the history of religion It will find a place alongside the works of Jane Ellen Harrison. Homo Necans has 99 ratings and 5 reviews. David said: What is it about animal sacrifice that makes otherwise staid European scholars and experts on go ap. Burkert, Walter: Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth. University of California Press, , pbk. pp.

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This page was last edited on 15 Juneat Nevertheless, ritual and myth share several important features: John rated it necand was amazing May 15, Retrieved from ” https: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

How can this not cause a certain ambivalence? This was something that it had ndcans common with many if not all ancient religions, including that of the Israelites depicted in the Hebrew Bible. In the end, societal forms in which man’s archaic psyche will be granted its rights will presumably assert themselves.

Burkert’s work proceeds through intense, meticulous historical and philological investigation, seeking to understand Greek religion in and of itself. Collecting together various myths and worship sites, he convincingly shows how they derive from these ancient sacrificial rites, even if no animals that we know of were actually sacrificed. The Greek ritual of pretending the animal agrees to the sacrifice, and then holding a trial for the axe on charges of murder, seems only one particularly elaborate working-out of a dilemma that must always exist.

University of California Press- History – pages. War in the Hebrew Bible: John rated it really liked it Nov 01, He examines various cult-complexes in detail, confronting “sacrificial ritual with its tension between encountering death and affirming life, its external necnas consisting of preparations, a frightening central moment, and restitution”, [2] and affirming in detail the initial hypothesis.

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University of California Press, Burkert’s core thesis is that when paleolithic man became a hunterin spite of the generally omnivorous orientation of the great apeslack of a predator instinct was made up for by turning patterns of intra-species aggression against the prey: Pip rated it really liked it Jul 02, Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.

So hoko about the ancient Greeks relates well to the modern world: Daphne rated it liked it Jul 02, For example, his study of Greek sacrifice, Homo necans, roots the practice of sacrifice in the biological necessity faced by prehistoric hunting groups that killed to survive. Published by University of California Press first published By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Pythagorean rated it liked it Dec 27, His most recent work has been devoted to examining the influence of the ancient Near East on archaic Greek civilization.

Pigs you just eat. I liked this book, actually, it’s fun, but it’s in a certain tradition, ranging from Robertson Smith to Rene Girard, of just making stuff up about how all religion goes back to some nefans, orgiastic desire to kill and rip and eat the flesh of animals as a way of resolving our desires to kill and rip What is it about animal sacrifice that makes otherwise staid European scholars and experts on go ape-shit crazy and start fantasizing about primal violence and making up strange myths of their own?

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At the same necanx, it has relegated death to the fringes of existence and though Excellent research on Greek sacrifice. John “Ross” Rossomangno rated it it was ok Nov 03, German-born scholar Walter Burkert currently teaches at the University of Zurich. Open Preview See a Problem? My library Help Advanced Book Search.


Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth by Walter Burkert

Trevor Luke rated it really liked it Jul 21, It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Sara rated it liked it Jan 14, Jul 05, Melissa rated it really liked it.

Anna rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Somewhat of an acidemic read. Translated by Peter Bing. The prose is quite dense, however interesting the content, making it hard to read long stretches at a time. In any case, our knowledge of the traditions that proved themselves homp the past and thus survived in the various experiments of human development should not be lost as we Proceed, by trial and error, toward an uncertain future.

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Want to Read saving…. Don’t have an account? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The guilt incurred in the violence of the hunt was reflected in sacred crimes, which through rituals of cleansing and expiation served to unify communities. Hamburg from Burlesque to the Beatles, Jan 08, Mac rated it really liked it. The Cultivation of Hatred. Return to Book Page. What is it about animal sacrifice that makes otherwise staid European scholars and experts on go ape-shit crazy and start fantasizing about primal violence hono making up strange myths of their own?

Stefan Reyes rated it it was amazing Dec 05, In Structure and History Burkert’s theoretical concerns are larger, including both myth and neczns.