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This assortment deals a clean examine the character and improvement of the Greek gods within the interval from Homer till past due Antiquity The Greek gods are nonetheless a great deal found in glossy awareness. even though Apollo and Dionysos, Artemis and Aphrodite, Zeus and Hermes are loved ones names, it truly is less transparent what those divinities intended and stood for in historic Greece. in truth, they've been greatly ignored in glossy scholarship. Bremmer and Erskine compile a staff of overseas students with the purpose of remedying this case and producing new techniques to the character and improvement of the Greek gods within the interval from Homer till past due Antiquity. The Gods of historic Greece appears at person gods, but additionally asks to what quantity cult, fable and literary style ascertain the character of a divinity and provides a synchronic and diachronic view of the gods as they functioned in Greek tradition till the triumph of Christianity

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In L. ), Encyclopedia of Religion, vol. 10 (Detroit: Thomson/Gale, 20052), pp. 6932–5; Henrichs, this volume, Chapter 1. For the genesis of Otto’s book see A. Stavru, ‘Postfazione’, in W. F. Otto, Gli dèi della Grecia (Milan: Adelphi, 20042), pp. 309–25. 51 For Wilamowitz the gods only existed in so far as the Greeks believed in them, a belief that had to be continuously renewed. 54 This stress on believing meant that, to a large extent, Wilamowitz neglected the cult of the gods, even though he was interested in the artistic representations of the gods; moreover, like many nineteenth-century scholars, he sharply separated mythology from 47 Wilamowitz, Glaube, I, pp.

Frede (eds), Pagan Monotheism in Late Antiquity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. 81–148 at 81–92; A. Busine, Paroles d’Apollon: Pratiques et traditions oraculaires dans l’Antiquité tardive (IIe–VIe siècles), (Leiden: Brill, 2005), pp. 35–40, 447 no. 15, cf. 456 no. 85 (below, n. indb 19 3/6/10 13:42:21 20 albert henrichs αὐτοϕυής, ἀδίδακτος, ἀμήτωϱ, ἀστυϕέλικτος, οὔνομα μὴ χωϱῶν, πολυώνυμος, ἐν πυϱὶ ναίων, τοῦτο θεός· μικϱὰ δὲ θεοῦ μέϱις ἄγγελοι ἡμεῖς. ‘Self-engendered, untaught, without mother, unshakeable, admitting of no name, with many names, dwelling in fire – this is god.

Just to mention one more topic that deserves more attention than it has received in this volume: gender. 103 It is not difficult to think up other questions. One of these would be the problem of ruler cult and its relationship to the worship of the gods (Erskine: Epilogue). Burkert ends his handbook with a study of Plato’s Laws, which means that he does not discuss the hymn that the Athenians composed for Demetrios Poliorketes. 104 There are of course other, more frightening images of the Greek gods.

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