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Anciet Med. History: Greek Religion 04/10/2006 10:39:00 -defined as relation bw humans and gods in Greek world -Pan-Hellenic level; Civic level; family, group level; individual level -human being: bw beasts and gods, exemplified by fire burning sacrifice to ‘feed’ gods, civilizing element, contact w gods Promethean myths; legend says after Battle of Platea, all fires went out,  gradually relit thru hearth of Delphi o Belief that all cities lit by ‘sacred fire’ of Apollo, connection -Pan-Hellenic: no dogma, scared text; “left at mercy of poets” strong sense of tradition, honor of gods thru continuation  conservative, new gods/ traditions considered ‘risky’ meaning of being Greek: blood, language, common sanctuaries, common  sacrifice, common way of life (Hed.) o indo-european religious grammar, exposure to cultures across  Mediterranean o sanctuaries: open to all, visited by all; ex. Olympia, Olympic 
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