Dance and Ritual Play in Greek Religion (Ancient Society and History) (Paperback)

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In private and in public life, the ancient Greeks danced to express divine adoration and human festivity. They danced at feasts and choral competitions, at weddings and funerals, in observance of the cycles of both nature and human existence. Formal and informal dances marked the rhythms of life and death.

In Dance and Ritual Play in Greek Religion, Steven Lonsdale looks at how the Greeks themselves regarded the act of dance, and how dance and related forms of ritual play in Greek religious festivals served a wide variety of functions in Greek society. The act of worship, he explains, often implied engaging in collective rites regulated by playful behavior, the most common forms of which were group hymns and choral dances.

About the Author

Stephen H. Lonsdale was educated at Harvard University and Cambridge Universities. He is the author of Animals and the Origins of Dance and Creatures of Speech: Lion, Herding, and Hunting Similies in the Iliad.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780801867590
ISBN-10: 0801867592
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication Date: July 1st, 2001
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Ancient Society and History