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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:   Print 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
Awards: Winner of Named as Outstanding Academic Book by Choice.
Description: xii, 320 pages ; 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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Thomas Harrison presents a study of the religious beliefs of the ancient Greek historian Herodotus - his beliefs in divine retribution, in oracles and divination, in miracles or in fate. The author  Read more...

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fun to read, lively and knowledgeable. * Edith Hall, Times Literary Supplement, 6 July 2001 * This is a definitive work on Herodotus and Herodotean religion-balanced, learned, and wise. It should be Read more...

 
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