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The Strangeness of Gods: Historical Perspectives on the Interpretation of Athenian Religion

S.C. Humphreys


This book contains analyses both of Athenian religion and of the history of classical studies. It emphasizes that disciplinary history is an integral part of research, especially in interdisciplinary fields such as religion. It also highlights the intellectual aspects of religious thought and practice, and attacks the stereotype of religion and ritual as traditional and unchanging. The supernatural — like ‘nature’ in modern science — attracts speculation and experiment. Particular attention is given to the construction of classical studies and its subdisciplines in the 19th century university; ... More

Keywords: Anthesteria, Athenian religion, classical studies, demes, disciplinary history, fertility cult, Lycurgus, rational dichotomy, irrational dichotomy, theological speculation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199269235
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S.C. Humphreys, author
University Professor at Central European University, Budapest