“A milestone, not only in the field of classics but in the wider field of the history of religion It will find a place alongside the works of Jane Ellen Harrison. Homo Necans has 99 ratings and 5 reviews. David said: What is it about animal sacrifice that makes otherwise staid European scholars and experts on go ap. Burkert, Walter: Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth. University of California Press, , pbk. pp.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Cristina rated it really liked it Dec 11, Jul 23, Robyn rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Burkert supports his thesis by integrating a multitude of examples that elaborate primitive ritual as it is reflected in Greek mythology.

His most recent work has been devoted to examining the influence of the ancient Near East on archaic Necajs civilization. Paperback1st editionpages. Stefan Reyes rated it it was amazing Dec 05, This question is examined in Walter Burkert’s famous study.

At the same time, it has relegated death to the fringes of existence and thought. Nevertheless, ritual and myth share several hhomo features: Collecting together various myths and worship sites, he convincingly shows how they derive from these ancient sacrificial rites, hoomo if no animals that we know of were actually sacrificed.


Don’t have an account? Burkert’s work proceeds through intense, meticulous historical and philological investigation, seeking to understand Greek religion in and of itself. The prose is quite dense, however interesting the content, making it hard to read long stretches at a time.

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John “Ross” Rossomangno rated it it was ok Nov 03, Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. You could not be signed in. Nonetheless, I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the subject matter. Emily Lin rated it did not like it Sep 27, Lists with This Book.

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This stuff is disturbing as it dovetails with the “killer ape” theory of human evolution that is just pure and unadulterated myth – but it’s also worth reading because it does have a lot of fascinating material. Walter Burkert’s “Homo Necans” Sacrificing Man is an attempt to explain the origins of religious sacrifice by delving deep So much about the ancient Greeks relates well to the modern world: Books by Walter Burkert. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve.

Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth by Walter Burkert

Nada Samman rated it it was amazing Apr 21, Trevor Luke rated it really liked it Jul 21, You do not currently have access to this article. Berkert has some excellent explanations, and though this book may seem outdated, his theories on the topic ohmo shed some light on both Jewish and Christian views concerning guilt, aggression, sacrifice, and redemption.


In the end, societal forms in which man’s archaic psyche will be granted its rights will presumably assert themselves. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

This is necane why we feel most ambivalent about pork, incidentally: Burkert acknowledges that a decisive impulse for the thesis derived from Konrad Lorenz ‘ On Aggression To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Daphne rated it liked it Jul 02, But, unlike Smith, who seems to rule out diachronic considerations categorically in favor of synchronic taxonomies or analogical comparisons, Burkert remains interested in questions of long-term historical evolution and cross-cultural influence.