Hellenic Reading List


About Hellenismos and reconstruction

Eusebeia: ethical and moral values

The Delphic Maxims

Hellenismos in the everyday world

Hellenismos' Cults, Traditions, and Practices

Recommended Reading
Personal practice

Greek rituals


Hellenismos FAQs

Mysticism in Hellenismos

Virtual Temples to the gods

This is an ever-growing recommended reading list on Hellenismos, Hellenic polytheistic practice.
Note: I have read and/or own every single book on this list.

For those interested in discussing the theology of Hellenismos, particularly in relation to what it means for us in this day and age to be a Hellenist, I recommend VERY highly the Hellenismos_Theology emailing list.

Greek Religion

  • Lesley Adkins & Roy A. Adkins, Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece
  • Walter Burkert, Greek Religion
  • Walter Burkert, Homo Necans
  • Drew Campbell, Old Stones, New Temples
  • Robert Garland, The Greek Way of Life
  • Robert Garland, The Greek Way of Death
  • Jane Ellen Harrison, Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion
  • Hesiod, Theogony; Works and Days
  • Homer, Homeric Hymns
  • Homer, The Iliad
  • Homer, The Odyssey
  • Karl Kerenyi, Gods of the Greeks
  • Karl Kerenyi, Religion of the Greeks and Romans
  • Fritz Graf, Greek Mythology
  • W.T.C. Guthrie, The Greeks and their Gods
  • Mary Lefkowitz, Greek Gods, Human Lives: What We Can Learn from Myths
  • Jon D. Mikalson, Athenian Popular Religion
  • Martin P. Nilsson, Greek Folk Religion
  • Walter Otto, The Homeric Gods
  • H. W. Parke, Festivals of the Athenians
  • Robert Parker, Miasma: Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion
  • Solon's Precepts and Maxims of the Seven Sages
  • Sarah Kate Istra Winter, Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored

    Greek Gods

  • Karl Kerenyi, Apollo: The Wind, the Spirit, and the God
  • Jon Soloman, Apollo: Origins and Influences
  • Karl Kerenyi, Athene: Virgin and Mother in Greek Religion
    Demeter and Persephone
  • Karl Kerenyi, Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter
  • Karl Kerenyi, Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructable Life
  • Walter Otto, Dionysus: Myth and Cult
  • Nonnos, Dionysiaca I, II, and III
  • Karl Kerenyi, Hermes: Guide of Souls

    Greek Mysteries

  • Walter Burkert, Ancient Mystery Cults
  • U. Bianchi, The Greek Mysteries (Iconography of Religions Section 17, Greece and Rome)
  • Linda Fierz-David, Women's Dionysian Initiation: The Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii (Jungian Classics Series ; 11)
  • Karl Kerenyi, Eleusis
  • Mavin Meyer, The Ancient Mysteries: A Sourcebook: Sacred Texts of the Mystery Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean World
  • Carl Ruck, The Road To Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries

    Greek Mysticism, Magic, and Theurgy

  • Hans Betz, Greek Magical Papyri in Translation
  • E. R. Dodds, The Greeks and the Irrational
  • Christopher Faraone, et al, Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion
  • Fritz Graf, Magic in the Ancient World
  • Iamblichus, On the Mysteries
  • Sarah Iles Johnson, Hekate Soteira
  • Peter Kingsley, Ancient Philosophers, Mysteries, and Magic
  • Peter Kingsley, In Dark Places of Wisdom
  • Peter Kingsley, Reality
  • Georg Luck, Arcana Mundi

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