Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jon D. Mikalson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199577835

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577835.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2016. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 11 December 2016

(p.242) Appendix: Polling the Greeks and Their Philosophers

(p.242) Appendix: Polling the Greeks and Their Philosophers

Source:
Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577835.005.0001

Collected in the Appendix are, first, statements, drawn especially from Plato, Xenophon, and Aristotle, of what ‘all’, ‘most’, the majority of, or ‘many’ of the Greeks or even ‘all’ human beings believed in religious matters. Examples are, ‘All ask the gods to turn away things that are bad and to give things that are good,’ and ‘Some, not many, believe that the gods exist but take no thought of human affairs.’ A second section describes the apparent prioritization of religious matters by philosophers, as when Plato in the Laws ranks the individuals deserving honour as follows: first Olympian and city‐upholding gods, then chthonic gods, then heroes, then traditional family deities, then living parents, and, finally dead parents. Similarly sacrifices are ranked before prayers, and both before dedications. Plato once states ‘reason’ and once states ‘divination’ as the greatest thing the gods give humans.

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .