Religion and Art in Ancient Greece

Religion and Art in Ancient Greece

  • This book is worth reading and presents the growth of belief in the Gods of ancient Greece, along with the artistic depiction in each age. The particular fail within the text is a clear insinuation that idolatry brought in about the death of the GODS of ANCIENT GREECE. The Christian sect is the culprit for this destruction effort. Christianity failed to wipe out the religion of ancient Greece. It has survived through the art and expertise of many artists and authors. Hellenism is rousing from the essential facts of beauty and ideology which Christianity has never admired. From the Preface: Greek religion may be studied under various aspects; and many recent contributions to this study have been mainly concerned either with the remote origin of many of its ceremonies in primitive ritual, or with the manner in which some of its obscurer manifestations met the deeper spiritual needs which did not find satisfaction in the official cults. Such discussions are of the highest interest to the anthropologist and to the psychologist; but they have the disadvantage of fixing our attention too exclusively on what, to the ordinary Greek, appeared accidental or even morbid, and of making us regard the Olympian pantheon, with its clearly realised figures of the gods, as a mere system imposed more or less from outside upon the old rites and beliefs of the people. In the province of art, at least, the Olympian gods are paramount; and thus we are led to appreciate and to understand their worship as it affected the religious ideals of the people and the services of the State. For we must remember that in the case of religion even more than in that of art, its essential character and its influence upon life and thought lie rather in its full perfection than in its origin.