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Greek Festivals, Modern and Ancient

A Comparison of Female and Male Values Volume 1

Author(s): Evy Johanne Håland
Subject: History

Book Description

This volume represents a multi-faceted, cross-period product of fieldwork conducted in contemporary Greece in combination with ancient sources. Based on a comparative analysis of important religious festivals and life-cycle rituals, the book investigates the importance of cults connected with the Greek female sphere and its relation to the official male-dominated ideology. Within these festivals are encountered supplementary, complementary or competing ideologies connected with men and women, and it is shown that there is not a one-way power structure or male dominance within Greek culture, but rather competing powers linked to the two sexes and their respective spheres. In addition to gender, the book also explores the relationship between the “great” and “little” societies, in the form of official and popular religion. As such, it will serve to broaden the reader’s knowledge of ancient, but also modern, society, because it concerns the relationship between various spheres of life which each possess their own competing and overlapping, but also co-existing, value-systems.

Hardback

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3150-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3150-6
Date of Publication: 01/04/2017
Pages / Size: 479 / A5
Price: £63.99
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Biography

Dr Evy Johanne Håland is a Norwegian historian and researcher. Since 1983, she has conducted several periods of fieldwork in the Mediterranean, mainly in Greece and Italy, where she has also researched religious festivals since 1987. Her most important publications include Rituals of Death and Dying in Modern and Ancient Greece: Writing History from a Female Perspective (2014), Competing Ideologies in Greek Religion, Ancient and Modern (2011), and Women, Pain and Death: Rituals and Everyday-Life on the Margins of Europe and Beyond (2008). Håland is ex-Senior Researcher and Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she worked on the project, “Greek Women and Death, Ancient and Modern: A Comparative Analysis”, which was financed by the EU’s 7th framework Programme.