Category: Religious History

The Early Greek Concept of the Soul by Jan N. Bremmer

By Jan N. Bremmer

Jan Bremmer provides a provocative photo of the old improvement of ideals in regards to the soul in historic Greece. He argues that earlier than Homer the Greeks distinctive among different types of soul, either pointed out with the person: the loose soul, which possessed no mental attributes and was once lively basically outdoor the physique, as in goals, swoons, and the afterlife; and the physique soul, which endowed anyone with existence and realization. steadily this idea of 2 varieties of souls was once changed via the belief of a unmarried soul. In exploring Greek principles of human souls in addition to these of vegetation and animals, Bremmer illuminates a huge level within the genesis of the Greek brain.

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Ablution, Initiation, and Baptism Late Antiquity, Early by David Hellholm

By David Hellholm

The current quantity is the results of a world collaboration of researchers who're first-class inside their respective fields: interpretation of texts, reviews of rites, archaeology, structure, historical past of paintings, and cultural anthropology. They met for 2 meetings to debate the importance of rites of ablution, initiation, and baptism and their interpretation in past due Antiquity, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity. the amount establishes a brand new overseas normal of analysis inside those fields of scholarship.

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The 'Sacred History' of Euhemerus of Messene by Marek Winiarczyk; Translated from Polish by Witold

By Marek Winiarczyk; Translated from Polish by Witold Zbirohowski-KoĊ›cia

This can be a complete examine of the lifestyles and paintings of Euhemerus. His utopian novel describes the trip to the island Panchaia. in accordance with Euhemerus, within the temple of Zeus Triphylius there has been a stele which provided the Olympian gods as deified kings. Winiarczyk's booklet reviews the resources of the theological perspectives and of the outline of the Panchaian society. The booklet may be for lots of a long time the main authoritative monograph on Euhemerus.

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