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The Gods of Ancient GreeceIdentities and Transformations$
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Jan Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637980

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.001.0001

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Introduction the Greek Gods in the Twentieth Century

Introduction the Greek Gods in the Twentieth Century

(p.1) Introduction the Greek Gods in the Twentieth Century
The Gods of Ancient Greece

Jan N. Bremmer

Andrew Erskine

Edinburgh University Press

Jan Bremmer explores the historiography of the Greek gods over the past century or so. He begins with the Indo-European and Mycenean prehistory of the Greek gods, pointing out that no modern history of Greek religion contained such an overview until Walter Burkert’s history was published in 1977. He then examines in turn the contributions to the study of the Greek gods made by four of the best histories of Greek religion from the twentieth century, namely those of Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorf, Louis Gernet, Martin Nilsson and Burkert himself.

Keywords:   Gods, Greek religion, Mycenae, Wilamowitz, Gernet, Nilsson, Burkert, historiography of religion

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