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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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Christian Apologists and Greek Gods

Christian Apologists and Greek Gods

(p.442) 23 Christian Apologists and Greek Gods
The Gods of Ancient Greece

Jan N. Bremmer

Andrew Erskine

Edinburgh University Press

Greek gods and polytheism as a distinctive feature of Graeco-Roman culture and religion was a favourite theme among the Christian Apologists of the second century AD. This chapter analyses both their approaches to Greek deities and the evolution of motifs, which oscillate between the rigid criticism of idolatry based on Jewish lore and a richer rational censure of anthropomorphism originating in Greek philosophy.

Keywords:   Apologists, Christianity, Polytheism, Idolatory, Judaism, Anthropomorphism

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