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Aspect du visible et de l'invisible dans la religion grecque

Abstract : This work relies on the importance of visible and invisible in the structural Greek thought in order to analyse ritual practices as a whole by means of the visual : starting from the point of view of the Greek man, the main purpose was to apprehend Greek religiosity. The Greeks lived in a mixed system of visibility : it was quite open, but it had some pieces of closing. Besides, architectural changes tended to close spaces though the aim was to enhance the beauty of the sanctuaries. That system expressed itself in architecture by opened, well visible places of worship, whereas some structures were closed with high walls. Therefore, rites, such as mystery cults and inspired divination, that took place in it could not be seen. Greek piety was ostentatious because memory was used as evidence. It was necessary to stand out visually in order to keep those memories in mind many years later and to show its power. The boundaries between piety and the display of power were often blurred. Demonstrations of piety underlined current social hierarchies, that were ahead in ci vie rituals. Onlookers were present around these rituals, although sources rarely quoted them. A beautiful show was offered to the gods in order to establish communication. For this purpose, gods were often presentified in rituals through a mediation. Gods' presence was transmitted by a wide range of sensations going from the seen, the visible, to the unseen, but could also be felt by other senses.
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Gaëlle Deschodt. Aspect du visible et de l'invisible dans la religion grecque. Histoire. Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris I, 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : 2014PA010696⟩. ⟨tel-03221131⟩



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