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Divine Epiphany in Greek Literature and Culture

Georgia Petridou


This book argues that epiphanies in Greek literature and epigraphy not only reveal what the Greeks thought about their gods; they tell us just as much about the preoccupations, the preconceptions, and the assumptions of the Greeks as a culture. The present book is a study of the deities who are prone to epiphany, the contexts in which they manifest themselves, as well as the functions (narratives and situational) that the narratives which accounted for divine manifestations served. Furthermore, this study addresses the cultural specificity of divine morphology and mortal–immortal interaction. ... More

Keywords: epiphany, Greek religion, theophany, politics and religion, Greek literature and epigraphy, divine vision, manifestation, mortal–immortal encounters, stratagems, anthropomorphism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723929
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723929.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Georgia Petridou, author
Research Associate at the Max Weber College, University of Erfurt