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The Greek Gods in Modern Scholarship
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The Greek Gods in Modern Scholarship: Interpretation and Belief in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Germany and Britain

Michael D. Konaris


This book examines major theories of interpretation of the Greek gods in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German and British scholarship, and their implications and influence with a primary, though not exclusive, focus on Apollo. German and British scholars of the time drew on philology, archaeology, comparative mythology, anthropology, or sociology to advance radically different theories on the Greek gods. The book focuses on the theory of the Greek gods as gods of natural elements; its principal rival, the theory of K.O. Müller and his followers that the Greek gods had originally been ... More

Keywords: Greek religion, Greek gods, history of Classical scholarship, Classical reception, Greek monotheism, Apollo, K.O. Müller, Usener, Farnell, Jane Harrison

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198737896
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael D. Konaris, author
Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre de Recherches Historiques, EHESS