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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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(p.505) Epilogue
The Gods of Ancient Greece

Jan N. Bremmer

Andrew Erskine

Edinburgh University Press

The epilogue explores that way that scholarly concentration on the religion of classical Greece and especially of Athens has resulted in a very partial picture of Greek religion. It asks what our view of Greek religion would be if the focus was instead on the early centuries AD at the time of the Roman empire. Gods such as Sarapis, Isis and Tyche would be more central to any study and not treated as novelties. Similarly ruler cult would no longer be marginal. This should also make as think further about how the Greeks conceived the divine.

Keywords:   Sarapis, Isis, Tyche, Ruler cult, Concept of the divine, Roman empire

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