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Divinity and history : the religion of Herodotus

Author: Thomas Harrison
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Clarendon Press, 2000.
Series: Oxford classical monographs.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Critics of Herodotus have generally shown an unease in the face of the religious passages of the Histories, a sense that he 'lets himself down' by delving into matters irrelevant to the proper purpose of history. They have tended consequently to latch on to isolated instances of skepticism in an attempt to vindicate Herodotus from imagined charges of obscurantism. Historians of Greek religion, on the other hand, by  Read more...
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Named Person: Herodotus.; Herodotus; Herodotus; Hérodote.; Hérodote; Herodotus.; Hérodote; Herodotus.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Harrison
ISBN: 0198152914 9780198152910 0199253552 9780199253555
OCLC Number: 42309548
Description: xii, 320 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Divinity and History --
2. Solon and Human Fortune --
3. Miracles and the Miraculous --
4. Divine Retribution --
5. Oracles and Divination --
6. The Unity and Multiplicity of the Divine --
7. The Limits of Knowledge and Inquiry --
8. Foreign Gods and Foreign Religion --
9. Fate and Human Responsibility --
10. Epilogue --
Appendix 1. Cooper on the 'intrusive oblique infinitive' --
Appendix 2. The names of the gods.
Series Title: Oxford classical monographs.
Responsibility: Thomas Harrison.

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This work places Herodotus' religious beliefs at the centre of his conception of history, but by seeing instances of scepticism and of belief in relation to one another redresses the recent emphasis  Read more...

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This is a definitive work on Herodotus and Herodotean religion-balanced, learned, and wise. It should be an exemplar for all future discussions of ancient attitudes toward the divine, and the first Read more...

 
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