“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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Walter Burkert’s “Homo Necans” Sacrificing Man is an attempt to explain the origins of religious sacrifice by delving deep into prehistory. Especially when it comes to domestic animals – since game is almost never sacrificed, anywhere – the problem, really, is you have to raise them, take care of them, tend to their needs – and then kill them.

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Maybe these gentlemen ought to speak for themselves. Somewhat of an acidemic read. Books by Walter Burkert.

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

The precise relation between myth and ritual has been a vexing question for scholars of ancient religions; Burkert places them side by side and links them at a structural level. But it is hard to foresee how the homoo, egocentric intelligence can be subordinated to the collective need in order to make possible the continuance of mankind over the breach between the generations.

The prose is quite dense, however interesting the content, making it hard to read long stretches at a time.


Burkert supports his thesis by integrating a multitude of examples that elaborate primitive ritual as it is reflected in Greek mythology. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The guilt incurred in the violence of the hunt was reflected in sacred crimes, which through rituals of cleansing and expiation served to unify communities. University of California Press, Paperback1st editionpages.

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Cristina rated it really liked it Dec 11, Daphne rated it liked it Jul 02, Jan 08, Mac rated it really liked it. Hamburg from Burlesque to the Beatles, If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Robert Parkerin reviewing Homo Necans for The Times Literary Supplementobserved of Burkert that “boldness of theory and consummate learning are united in him as in few others”.

For example, his study of Greek sacrifice, Homo necans, roots the practice of sacrifice in the biological necessity faced by prehistoric hunting groups that killed to survive. Burkert’s Greek Religion is the current, standard handbook on the religions of ancient Greece. Return to Book Page. At the same time, it has relegated death to the fringes of existence and though Excellent research on Greek sacrifice. The book that was controversial at its first appearance was less revolutionary when it finally appeared in English, Burkert noted, in an introduction to the English translation Burkert Walter Burkert Limited preview – Kimberly Chandler rated it liked it Feb 07, Pigs you just eat.

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Pythagorean rated it liked it Dec 27, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Homo necans means “man the killer”. Jay Michaelson rated it it was amazing Jul 14, Burkert’s core thesis is that when paleolithic man became a necanxin spite of the generally omnivorous orientation of the great apeslack of a predator instinct was made up for by turning patterns of intra-species aggression against the prey: Rethinking the Origins of American Environmentalism.


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Historian Peter Gay praised Homo Necans as a suggestive discussion of the impulse to revenge. Translated by Peter Bing. Homo Necans was conceived in the s; it controversially introduced functionalismalong the lines of Jane Ellen Harrison ‘s Themisto a German audience, and employed a form of structuralism in interpreting complexes of ritual and festival, to apply some findings of ethology for the first time to mythology.

The thesis is an extension of the hunting hypothesiswhich states that hunting as a means of obtaining food was a dominant influence on human evolution and cultural development as opposed to gathering vegetation or scavenging.

But Greek religion remains far estranged from our own religion and spirituality, above all in its emphasis on sacrifice. So much about the ancient Greeks relates well to the modern world: Okay that’s putting it crudely. Trivia About Homo Necans: The Bourgeois Experience Victoria to Freud. Retrieved from ” https: At least with cows and sheep and goats we can tell ourselves we’re doing it for the fleece or milk, etc.

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