Barbara Kowalzig

in Singing for the Gods

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219964
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191712968 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs


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This chapter presents the argument of this book about a basic principle of Greek religion: ‘myth and ritual’ typically interact through performance, perhaps cannot even relate without a performative element. It explains that it is in choral performance that they become closely bound up with one another, and it is through choral performance that myth and ritual become socially effective, for it offers a medium for myth and ritual to come together. It explains that in order to establish the relationship between myth and ritual the workings of each must be taken into account; it is because of their shared strategies and purpose, geared towards correlating, or even merging, past and present, that they form such a powerful and productive ensemble.

Keywords: Greek religion; myth; ritual; chorus; performance

Chapter.  4805 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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