Review article: Beyond the polis? New approaches to Greek religion

Tom Harrison

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This article reviews a range of important recent work on Greek religion. It looks first at the critique (common to a number of the books under review) of the polis-religion model associated with Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood and then attempts to draw out a number of emerging themes: a comparative approach, a focus on the gods or on individual worshippers and a cognitive perspective. It then examines in more detail the application of the terms ‘belief’ or ‘theology’ to the field of Greek religion and the extent to which any picture of Greek religious experience may be said to be logically coherent, before looking forward to possible future directions of study.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Hellenic Studies
Early online date26 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Polis-religion
  • Belief
  • Theology
  • Ritual
  • Inconsistency


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