Ancient Art and Ritual

Jane Harrison

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Ancient Art and Ritual is a book by British classical scholar Jane Harrison, first published in 1913. Mainly focusing on the ancient Greeks, this book is a scholarly read that shows how man has always used rituals to celebrate new life or rites of passage. He could be seen enraptured in a dance or a song as he asks the gods to show mercy for rain, a healing, or for food. Harrison shows how these ancient rituals evolved into art forms such as choral readings, dance forms and even drama itself. Harrison was one of the founders of modern studies in Ancient Greek religion and mythology, and has also been credited with being the first woman to obtain a post in England as a 'career academic'. Chapters include: Art and Ritual; Primitive Ritual - Pantomimic Dances; Seasonal Rites - The Spring Festival; The Spring Festival in Greece; Transition From Ritual To Art; Greek Sculpture; and, Ritual, Art and Life.

This book has 47,776 words, 75 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1913.

Production notes: This ebook of Ancient Art and Ritual was published by Global Grey on the 3rd October 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Greek Girls Picking up Pebbles by the Sea' by Frederic Leighton.

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