Jean-Pierre Vernant delineates a compelling new vision of
ancient Greece that takes us far from the calm and familiar images
of Polykleitos and the Parthenon, and reveals a culture of slavery,
of blood sacrifice, of perpetual and ritualized warfare, of
ceremonial hunting and ecstasies.In his provocative discussions of
various institutions and practices including war, marriage, and the
city state, Vernant unveils a complex and previously unexplored
intersection of the religious, social, and political structures of
ancient Greece. He concludes with a genealogy of the study of myth
from antiquity to the present, and offers a critique of
structuralism.Jean-Pierre Vernant is Professor Emeritus of
Comparative Study of Ancient Religions at the College de France in
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