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

By Nickolas P. Roubekas

An old idea of Religion examines a conception of faith recommend via Euhemerus of Messene (late 4th—early third century BCE) in his misplaced paintings Sacred Inscription, and exhibits not just how and why euhemerism happened but additionally the way it was once— and nonetheless is—used.

By learning the usage of the speculation in numerous periods—from the Graeco-Roman global to overdue Antiquity, and from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century—this ebook explores the reception of the speculation in assorted literary works. In so doing, it additionally unpacks the various adoptions and misrepresentations of Euhemerus’s paintings based on the varied agendas of the authors and students who've hired his conception. within the technique, yes questions are raised: What did Euhemerus truly declare? How has his concept of the origins of trust in gods been used? How can sleek scholarship procedure and interpret his tackle faith? whilst bearing on ‘euhemerism,’ whose model are we making use of? An historical conception of faith assumes no previous wisdom of euhemerism and should be of curiosity to students operating in classical reception, spiritual reports, and early Christian studies.

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