HOUSES OF THE HOLY


The Procedure

During our class period associated with this module, we will examine the images of gods and goddesses and their "dwellings."  We will focus on Greece, though I will also include some slides from other cultures for in-class analysis.  In preparation for the class, I am asking you to read two ancient hymns to the goddesses of Greece: the "Hymn to Demeter" and Callimachus' Hymn to Artemis.  Please also watch the "Delphi: Bellybutton of the World" documentary on YouTube.

We will discuss images of specific goddesses and gods, and will also assess the divine as represented in specific sacred places.  Please do spend at least an hour browsing carefully through some of the sites in the Extra Resources section of this web-page, stopping to read anything that particularly captures your attention.


Required Readings

a)  Homeric Hymn To Demeter:  This hymn, one of a series of late-Archaic songs in praise of the Olympian deities, is usually dated to the seventh century BCE.

b)  Callimachus Hymn III -- To Artemis:  The Greek poet wrote this hymn in the third century BCE.


Required Viewing

a)  BBC Delphi -- The Bellybutton Of The Ancient World:  An episode in the Glory of Greece series presented by Michael Scott.


Extra Resources

 

Sacred Places Gods And Goddesses
Eleusis Demeter and Persephone
Brauron Artemis
Athens -- Acropolis Athena
Delphi Apollo and Dionysus

 

 

 

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