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Cannibalism
(441 words)

[German version]

(ἀνθρωποφαγία/anthrōpophagía, ‘the eating of humans’) appears in ancient myths and ethnographical reports. It was something that took place, in contrast to the here and now, either in the past or on the borders of the known world among ethnic groups who did not share the same basic values of Greek culture. It is also identified, in Dionysian myths, as the crossing of the limits in  ecstasy [1; 2]. In this structure, ancient reports coincide astoundingly with those of the modern age [3].

The Cyclops  Polyphemus, who is generally portrayed in the ‘Odyssey’ as the a…

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Cannibalism”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e608200>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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