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Sep. 1st, 2004 @ 12:30 pm Hellenismos books (vol. 1)
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Thought I'd start off by offering my suggested book list for Traditionalist Hellenismos.

This is just a collection of non-primary sources. I recommend reading just about anything actually written by ancient Greeks (some better than others) for background. I have not included books on ancient magical or occult practices, as this is not a part of the mainstream religion in Traditionalist practice. Also, I'm sure this list could be much larger! But here's what I came up just with for starters:

Walter Burkert: Greek Religion,
Ancient Mystery Cults
E.R. Dodds: The Greeks and the Irrational
Timothy Gantz: Early Greek Myth (2-vol. set)
Robert Garland: The Greek Way of Death,
The Greek Way of Life
Jane Ellen Harrison: Themis: A Study of the Social Origins of Greek Religion
Sarah Iles Johnston: Restless Dead: Encounters Between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece
Karl Kerenyi: Gods of the Greeks,
Heroes of the Greeks,
Athena: Virgin and Mother in Greek Religion,
Dionysus: Archetype of Indestructable Life,
Eleusis: Archetype of Mother and Daughter
Jennifer Larson: Greek Nymphs: Myth, Cult & Lore
Mary Leifkowitz: Greek Gods, Human Lives
Steven Lonsdale: Dance & Ritual Play in Greek Religion
Frederick Nietszche: The Birth of Tragedy
Susan E. Alcock and Robin Osborne: Placing the Gods: Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient Greece
Walter Otto: The Homeric Gods,
Dionysus: Myth and Cult
Robert Parker: Athenian Religion: A History,
Miasma: Polution & Purification in Early Greek Ritual
Simon Pulleyn: Prayer in Greek Religion

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Date:September 1st, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC)
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Wonderful! Thank you very much for this - I hope to post a list of my own from home, where i have all my research materials. :)
Date:September 1st, 2004 07:41 pm (UTC)
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I had never actually heard of Parker's _Athenian Religion_. Seems to be an expensive book these days. Is it worth the price?
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Date:September 1st, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC)
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To be honest, it's just been recommended to me by several people who's opinions I trust - I haven't picked it up for myself yet either.