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An Ancient Theory of Religion: Euhemerism from Antiquity to by Nickolas P. Roubekas PDF

By Nickolas P. Roubekas

ISBN-10: 113884893X

ISBN-13: 9781138848931

An historic idea of Religion examines a thought of faith recommend by means of Euhemerus of Messene (late 4th—early third century BCE) in his misplaced paintings Sacred Inscription, and indicates not just how and why euhemerism took place but in addition the way it used to be— and nonetheless is—used.

By learning the usage of the idea in numerous periods—from the Graeco-Roman global to overdue Antiquity, and from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century—this e-book explores the reception of the idea in various literary works. In so doing, it additionally unpacks the various adoptions and misrepresentations of Euhemerus’s paintings in keeping with the varied agendas of the authors and students who've hired his concept. within the strategy, sure questions are raised: What did Euhemerus really declare? How has his idea of the origins of trust in gods been used? How can smooth scholarship technique and interpret his tackle faith? whilst relating ‘euhemerism,’ whose model are we making use of? An historical concept of faith assumes no previous wisdom of euhemerism and should be of curiosity to students operating in classical reception, non secular experiences, and early Christian studies.

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