An ancient theory of religion : Euhemerism from antiquity to the present / Nickolas P. Roubekas.Series: Routledge monographs in classical studiesPublisher: New York: Routledge, 2017Description: xiv, 188 pISBN: 9781138848931Other title: Euhemerism from antiquity to the presentSubject(s): EuhemerismDDC classification: 201.3 Online resources: Click here to access online
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Includes bibliographic references and index.
Introduction: why study Euhemerism? -- Euhemerus's Euhemerism -- Before Euhemerus -- Returning to the sources -- Euhemerism and atheism -- Euhemerus, divine kingship, and irony -- Citing the citations: anti-pagan Euhemerism and identity formation -- Turning the tables: anti-Christian Euhemerism in Celsus -- Seeing "Euhemerism" everywhere -- Afterword: on the use and abuse of a theory.
"This book examines Euhemerism - a theory of religion developed by Euhemerus of Messene in the late 4th through early 3rd centuries BCE - tracing the history and reception of the theory in antiquity and in early Christianity, where it was adopted and reshaped for particular religious and ideological reasons. It shows how and why Euhemerism arose, how it was used, and how it significantly influenced theoretical discussions of religion from antiquity onward."--