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Coping with the gods : wayward readings in Greek theology

Author: H S Versnel
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2011.
Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman world, v. 173.
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Inspired by a critical reconsideration of current monolithic approaches to the study of Greek religion, this book argues that ancient Greeks displayed a disquieting capacity to validate two (or more) dissonant, if not contradictory, representations of the divine world in a complementary rather than mutually exclusive manner. From this perspective the six chapters explore problems inherent in: order vs. variety/chaos  Read more...
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Versnel, H.S.
Coping with the gods.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2011
(DLC) 2011008358
(OCoLC)702615801
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: H S Versnel
ISBN: 9789004210905 9004210903
OCLC Number: 741614590
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 593 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction --
ch. 1: Many gods: complications of polytheism --
ch. 2: The gods: divine justice or divine arbitrariness? --
ch. 3: One god: three Greek experiment in oneness --
ch. 4: A god: why is Hermes hungry? --
ch. 5: God: the question of divine omnipotence --
ch. 6: Playing (the) god: did (the) Greeks believe in the divinity of their rulers? --
Epilogue --
Appendix one: Grouping the gods --
Appendix two: Unity or diversity-one god or many? a modern debate --
Appendix three: Drive towards coherence in two Herodotus studies --
Appendix four: Did the Greeks believe in their gods? 1. Many Gods: Complications of Polytheism --
Order versus Chaos --
The Greek pantheon: kosmos or chaos? --
Ingredients for Chaos --
In search of identities --
Names and surnames: one god or many? --
Creating Order: Taking Place --
The gods who dwell in our city --
Beyond the polis border (and back) --
Ducking out: gods in personal religiosity --
2. The Gods: Divine Justice or Divine Arbitrariness? --
Controversial diction in archaic poetry --
Modern Voices --
Homer --
Herodotus --
Two tales, many perspectives --
Modern voices: fear of diversity --
Saving the Author --
Solon Again --
Once More: Chaos or Order? --
Paratactic multiplicity --
'Gnomologisches Wissen' --
The rehabilitation of parataxis --
Thinking in gnomai--speaking in parataxis --
Putting to the Test: Hesiod --
Envoy --
3. One God: Three Greek Experiments in Oneness --
One and Many: The God(s) of Xenophanes --
One or many? --
One and Many --
One is Many: The Gods, the God and the Divine --
On singular plurals --
One is the God --
Praising the god --
Aretalogy --
Nine characteristics of henotheistic religion --
The nature of oneness in henotheistic religion --
Questions of origin --
4. A God: Why is Hermes Hungry? --
Hungry Hermes and Greedy Interpreters --
Hermes: The Human God in the Hymn --
Hermes: The Eternal Dupe in the Fable --
Burlesques --
Paying a social call --
Hermes: The Present God in Visual Art --
Socializing --
More burlesques --
Herms and sacrifice --
Hungry Hermes: The Sacrificial Meal --
The warm splanchna which I used to gobble up --
The titbits Hermes likes to eat --
Companion of the feast --
5. God: the Question of Divine Omnipotence --
God: Self and Other --
Self --
Other --
Self and other --
Gods: Self and other --
Some inferences --
God: Powerful or All-Powerful? --
Miracles in Double Perspective: The Case of Asklepios --
God: Powerful and All-Powerful --
Omnipotence, ancient philosophers and modern theologians --
Inconsistency in religious expression --
6. Playing (the) God: did (the) Greeks Believe in the Divinity of their Rulers? --
Men into Gods --
A swollen-headed doctor: the case of Menekrates --
A charismatic prince: the case of Demetrios Poliorketes --
Modern Perplexities --
The Construction of a God --
Language --
Performance --
Did (the) Greeks believe in the Divinity of their Rulers? --
Ritual Play: Sincere Hypocrisy --
Birds into Gods: Comic Theopoetics --
Making a God: A Multiple Perspective Approach --
Appendices --
Grouping the Gods --
Unity or Diversity--One God or Many? A Modern Debate --
Drive Towards Coherence in Two Herodotus-Studies --
Did the Greeks Believe in their Gods?
Series Title: Religions in the Graeco-Roman world, v. 173.
Responsibility: by H.S. Versnel.

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