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The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations

Jan Bremmer and Andrew Erskine


This book explores the Greek gods from Homer to Late Antiquity. The Greek gods are still very much present in modern consciousness. Yet even though Apollo and Dionysos, Artemis and Aphrodite, Zeus and Hermes are household names, it is much less clear what these divinities stood for in Ancient Greece. In fact they have been rather neglected in modern scholarship which has tended to focus on other aspects of Greek religion such as ritual and myth. The book brings together a term of international scholars with the aim of remedying the situation and generating new approaches to the study of the na ... More

Keywords: Greece, Gods, Religion, Zeus, Apollo, Aphrodite, Christianity, Myth, polytheism

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748637980
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Bremmer, editor

Andrew Erskine, editor

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1 What is A Greek God?

Albert Henrichs

Part I Systematic Aspects

7 New Statues for Old Gods

Kenneth Lapatin

Part II Individual Divinities and Heroes

8 Zeus at Olympia

Judith M. Barringer

Part III Diachronic Aspects

16 Gods in Apulia

T.H. Carpenter

22 The Gods in Later Orphism

Alberto Bernabé

23 Christian Apologists and Greek Gods

Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta

Part IV Historiography


Andrew Erskine

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