Friday, November 24, 2023

CGRN: Collection of Greek Ritual Norms

 [First posted in AWOL 1 September 2017, updated 24 November 2023]

CGRN: Collection of Greek Ritual Norms

Mise à jour du site internet Collection of Greek Ritual Norms | Collège de  France

The project issues from the reassessment of a category of inscriptions which have come to fore in the study of ancient Greek religion. These are the texts known as leges sacrae or “sacred laws”, collected by F. Sokolowski in the 1950s and 60s (LSAM, LSS, LSCG), and more recently by E. Lupu in 2005 (NGSL).

The validity and the utility of this epigraphical category has recently been questioned (cf. especially Parker 2004 and see also Harris 2015). Articles published as part of the preliminary investigations of the CGRN project have broadened this discussion. Please consult: “Beyond Greek ‘Sacred Laws’”, “Codifying ‘Sacred Laws’”, and “Two Notes on the Collection of Greek Ritual Norms (CGRN)” to be read with Parker 2018b. In the present collection, instead of remaining under the lens of “sacred laws”, we have chosen to focus on the normative character of inscriptions relating to ancient Greek rituals. We have focussed in particular on the two large subjects of sacrifice and purification, though texts concerning other normative aspects of Greek religion and rituals are occasionally included.

The result of this reappraisal is an original Digital Humanities resource, initially funded (2012-2016) by the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS (Belgium), which now (2017-) continues under the aegis of the Collège de France (Paris) and the University of Liège. The Collection of Greek Ritual Norms (CGRN) is a website which conforms to the general guidelines of TEI Epidoc XML and its content is peer-reviewed. Its primary goal is to gather epigraphical material for the study of Greek rituals and to make these sources widely available, in a clear and accessible form, with translations in English and in French (for some conventions, see here).

In addition, the Collection aims to innovate by providing detailed, research-oriented tools for scholars wishing to investigate the two principal subjects of sacrifice and purification, notably the extensive lists of “Themes” identifiable under the “Browse” and “Search” functionalities of the website. To orient yourself and to consult the conceptual “Themes” analysed in the CGRN, please click here. You are cordially invited to browse, search, or simply to start exploring, for example, the sacrificial rituals in the calendar of Thorikos, CGRN 32, or the purifications listed in the regulation from Kos, CGRN 85 (for a concordance, see here).

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