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date: 16 September 2019

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For the Greeks there was no such thing as a religion, for the same gods held sway over the whole world, they were simply worshipped differently in different places. There was no more limit to the divine pantheon than there was to the human population, and the gods related to one another in ways similar to those in which men related to one another. It was important to please the gods, but what pleased the gods was as various as what pleased humans, and so what was offered to the gods, how offerings were made, and what behaviour was thought unacceptable differed greatly from place to place and time to time. Greek cult practice reflects back the values of the individuals and communities who sustained it and were sustained by it.

Keywords: offerings, pantheon, gods, religion, cult practice, values, individuals, communities

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