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Bremmer, Jan N.

Works: 122 works in 622 publications in 6 languages and 16,145 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Thesis advisor, dgs, Originator, Correspondent
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Publications about Jan N Bremmer
Publications by Jan N Bremmer
Most widely held works by Jan N Bremmer
The early Greek concept of the soul by Jan N Bremmer( Book )
26 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 995 libraries worldwide
"Bremmer's goal is to present a picture of the historical development of beliefs regarding the soul in ancient Greece. He begins with the archaic age and Homeric epics, where the psyche is a 'free' soul which belongs to an individual and can leave the body -- in dreams, swoons, trances -- while the body is alive ... One of Bremmer's major contributions is to propose that Greek views of the soul should be characterized as multiple rather than dualistic. Further, we should consider the rather negative attitude toward the continued existence of the psyche after bodily death as arising in social conditions which valued the life of the community above the survival of the dead individual."--Back cover
Interpretations of Greek mythology by Jan N Bremmer( Book )
39 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 911 libraries worldwide
Interpretations of Greek Mythology, first published in1987, builds on the innovative work of Walter Burkert and the 'Paris school' of Jean-Pierre Vernant, and represents a renewal of interpretation of Greek mythology. The contributors to this volume present a variety of approaches to the Greek myths, all of which eschew a monolithic or exclusively structuralist hermeneutic method. Specifically, the notion that mythology can simply be read as a primitive mode of narrative history is rejected, with emphasis instead being placed on the relationships between mythology and history, ritu
Greek religion by Jan N Bremmer( Book )
50 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 834 libraries worldwide
Ancient Greek religion was embedded in society rather than comprising a separate institution. Practice was communal and public, without a religious establishment, although there were priests. It was dominated by men, and communicated orally without written sources. Belief was polytheistic, with no strong boundaries for sacred versus profane. The focus of belief was on the present life, and social meaning and order were maintained through the religion
From Sappho to De Sade : moments in the history of sexuality by Jan N Bremmer( Book )
25 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 515 libraries worldwide
The history of sexuality has been the subject of increased interest in recent years and more widely acknowledged importance in the interpretation of past mentalités. Yet historians have only recently begun to study sexual practices in any depth, establishing that sexuality is not a biological constant but an ever-changing phenomenon, continuously shaped by people themselves. The contributors to this inter-disciplinary collection bring their expertise in ancient as well as medieval history, anthropology, modern history, and psychology to bear upon the history of sexuality
The rise and fall of the afterlife : the 1995 Read-Tuckwell lectures at the University of Bristol by Jan N Bremmer( Book )
19 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 395 libraries worldwide
"The afterlife is still very much alive in Western civilisation, even though the truth of its existence is no longer universally accepted. Surprisingly, however, heaven, hell and the immortal soul were all ideas which arrived relatively late in the ancient world. Originally Greece and Israel - the cultures that gave us Christianity - had only the vaguest ideas of an afterlife. So where did these concepts come from and why did they develop?" "This perceptive and intriguing book concludes that every period gets the afterlife it deserves. It will be of interest to all those interested in what other cultures have believed about life after death, as well as being a standard work for students and researchers in ancient religions, cultural history, and the history and sociology of religion."--Jacket
A Cultural history of humour : from antiquity to the present day by Jan N Bremmer( Book )
19 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 384 libraries worldwide
This important and highly original book sets out to explore the terra incognita of humour through the ages - from jokes and stage humour in Greece and Rome to the jestbooks of early modern Europe, from practical jokes in Renaissance Italy to comic painting during the Dutch Golden Age, from Bakhtin's conception of laughter to the joking relationships of anthropologists
A Cultural history of gesture : from antiquity to the present day by Jan N Bremmer( Book )
37 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in English and held by 313 libraries worldwide
Om omgangsformernes historie fra græsk og romersk oldtid til i dag i forskellige kulturer
Between poverty and the pyre : moments in the history of widowhood by Jan N Bremmer( Book )
25 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 293 libraries worldwide
Verzameling essays door historici, antropologen en letterkundigen over weduwen in verschillende culturen
Roman myth and mythography by Jan N Bremmer( Book )
14 editions published between 1987 and 2005 in English and held by 285 libraries worldwide
The gods of ancient Greece : identities and transformations ( Book )
18 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 263 libraries worldwide
The Greek gods are still very much present in modern consciousness. Although Apollo and Dionysos, Artemis and Aphrodite, Zeus and Hermes are household names, it is much less clear what these divinities meant and stood for in ancient Greece. In fact, they have been very much neglected in modern scholarship. This book brings together a team of international scholars with the aim of remedying this situation and generating new approaches to the nature and development of the Greek gods in the period from Homer until Late Antiquity. The book looks at individual gods, but also asks to what extent cult, myth and literary genre determine the nature of a divinity. How do the Greek gods function in a polytheistic pantheon and what is their connection to the heroes? What is the influence of philosophy? What does archaeology tell us about the gods? In what way do the gods in Late Antiquity differ from those in classical Greece? This book presents a synchronic and diachronic view of the gods as they functioned in Greek culture until the triumph of Christianity
Perpetua's passions : multidisciplinary approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis ( Book )
12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 230 libraries worldwide
"Perpetua's Passions is a collection of studies about Perpetua, a young female Christian martyr who was executed in 203 AD. Like her spiritual guide, Saturus, Perpetua left a diary, and a few years after their deaths a fellow Christian collected these writings and supplied them with an introduction and epilogue: the so-called Passion of Perpetua. The result is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic works of antiquity, which the present volume examines from a wide range of perspectives: literary, narratological, historical, religious, psychological, and philosophical viewpoints follow upon a newly edited text and English translation (by Joseph Farrell and Craig Williams). This innovative treatment by a number of distinguished scholars not only complements its unique subject, but constitutes a kind of laboratory of new approaches to ancient texts."--Publisher's description
The strange world of human sacrifice ( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 219 libraries worldwide
""The Strange World of Human Sacrifice" is the first modern collection of studies on one of the most gruesome and intriguing aspects of religion. The volume starts with a brief introduction, which is followed by studies of Aztec human sacrifice and the literary motif of human sacrifice in medieval Irish literature. Turning to ancient Greece, three cases of human sacrifice are analysed: a ritual example, a mythical case, and one in which myth and ritual are interrelated. The early Christians were the victims of accusations of human sacrifice, but in turn imputed the crime to heterodox Christians, just as the Jews imputed the crime to their neighbours. The ancient Egyptians rarely seem to have practised human sacrifice, but buried the pharaoh's servants with him in order to serve him in the afterlife, albeit only for a brief period at the very beginning of pharaonic civilization. In ancient India we can follow the traditions of human sacrifice from the earliest texts up to modern times, where especially in eastern India goddesses, such as Kali, were long worshipped with human victims. In Japanese tales human sacrifice often takes the form of self-sacrifice, and there may well be a line from these early sacrifices to modern «kamikaze». The last study throws a surprising light on human sacrifice in China. The volume is concluded with a detailed index."--
The Apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla by Jan N Bremmer( Book )
10 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 210 libraries worldwide
The metamorphosis of magic from late antiquity to the early modern period by Metamorphosis of magic from late antiquity to the early modern period( Book )
14 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 195 libraries worldwide
The Apocryphal Acts of Peter : magic, miracles, and gnosticism ( Book )
13 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 182 libraries worldwide
Sacred history and sacred texts in early Judaism : a symposium in honour of A.S. van der Woude ( Book )
8 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 180 libraries worldwide
The Apocalypse of Peter by Jan N Bremmer( Book )
10 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 169 libraries worldwide
Initiation into the mysteries of the ancient world by Jan N Bremmer( Book )
10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 121 libraries worldwide
This book explores ancient mystery cults and their influence on emerging Christianity. The author discusses the famous Eleusian Mysteries as well as smaller and lesser-known Greek and Roman mysteries, offering an indispensable in-depth analysis of this fascinating phenomenon
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Alternative Names
Bremmer, J. N.
Bremmer, J.N. 1944-
Bremmer, J. N. (Jan N.)
Bremmer, J. N. (Jan Nicolaas)
Bremmer, Jan.
Bremmer, Jan 1944-
Bremmer, Jan N.
Bremmer Jan N. 1944-....
Bremmer, Jan N. (Jan Nicolaas), 1944-
Bremmer, Jan Nicolaas
Bremmer, Jan Nicolaas 1944-
Jan N. Bremmer Dutch theologian
Jan N. Bremmer Nederlands theoloog
Jan N. Bremmer niederländischer Althistoriker und Religionswissenschaftler
Jan N. Bremmer storico delle religioni olandese
Nicolaas Bremmer, Jan
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German (16)
French (4)
Italian (4)
Spanish (4)
Dutch (1)
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