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The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations
     

The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations

by Jan N. Bremmer (Editor), Andrew Erskine (Editor)
 

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The Greek gods are still very much present in modern consciousness. Yet even though Apollo and Dionysos, Artemis and Aphrodite, Zeus and Hermes are household names, it is much less clear what these divinities meant and stood for in ancient Greece. In fact, they have been very much neglected in modern scholarship.

This book brings together a team of international

Overview

The Greek gods are still very much present in modern consciousness. Yet even though Apollo and Dionysos, Artemis and Aphrodite, Zeus and Hermes are household names, it is much less clear what these divinities meant and stood for in ancient Greece. In fact, they have been very much neglected in modern scholarship.

This book brings together a team of international scholars with the aim of remedying this situation and generating new approaches to the nature and development of the Greek gods in the period from Homer until Late Antiquity. It looks at individual gods, but also asks to what extent cult, myth and literary genre determine the nature of a divinity. How do the Greek gods function in a polytheistic pantheon and what is their connection to the heroes? What is the influence of philosophy? What does archaeology tell us about the gods? In what way do the gods in Late Antiquity differ from those in classical Greece?

The aim of the book is to present a comprehensive view of the gods as they functioned in Greek culture until the triumph of Christianity. It will have a broad appeal within Classics and Religious Studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748683222
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2013
Series:
Edinburgh Leventis Studies Series
Pages:
552
Sales rank:
1,363,900
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jan Bremmer is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Groningen.

Andrew Erskine is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh.

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