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Rethinking the gods : philosophical readings of religion in the post-Hellenistic period, Peter van Nuffelen

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Rethinking the gods : philosophical readings of religion in the post-Hellenistic period
Title
Rethinking the gods
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philosophical readings of religion in the post-Hellenistic period
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Peter van Nuffelen
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eng
Summary
"Ancient philosophers had always been fascinated by religion. From the first century BC onwards the traditionally hostile attitude of Greek and Roman philosophy was abandoned in favour of the view that religion was a source of philosophical knowledge. This book studies that change, not from the usual perspective of the history of religion, but as part of the wider tendency of Post-Hellenistic philosophy to open up to external, non-philosophical sources of knowledge and authority. It situates two key themes, ancient wisdom and cosmic hierarchy, in the context of Post-Hellenistic philosophy and traces their reconfigurations in contemporary literature and in the polemic between Jews, Christians and pagans. Overall, Post-Hellenistic philosophy displayed a relatively high degree of unity in its ideas on religion, which should not be reduced to a preparation for Neoplatonism"--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nuffelen, Peter van
Index
index present
LC call number
B171
LC item number
.N84 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Greek culture in the Roman world.
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  • Philosophy, Ancient
  • Religion
  • LITERARY COLLECTIONS
  • Philosophy, Ancient
  • Religion
  • Philosophie
  • Religion
  • Hellenismus
  • Kosmologie
  • Philosophie
  • Religion
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Rethinking the gods : philosophical readings of religion in the post-Hellenistic period, Peter van Nuffelen
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; Part I. Ancient Wisdom: 1. Tracing the origins: ancients, philosophers, and mystery cults; 2. Plutarch of Chaeronea: 'History as a basis for a philosophy that has theology as its end'; 3. Numenius: philosophy as a hidden mystery; 4. Dio Chrysostom, Apuleius and the rhetoric of ancient wisdom; Part II. Cosmic Hierarchy: 5. Towards the pantheon as the paradigm of order; 6. The Great King of Persia and his satraps: ideal and ideology; 7. Dio Chrysostom: virtue and structure in the Kingship Orations; 8. Plutarch: a benevolent hierarchy of gods and men; Part III. Polemic and Prejudice: Challenging the Discourse: 9. Lucian, Epicureanism and strategies of satire; 10. Philo of Alexandria: challenging Greco-Roman culture; 11. Celsus and Christian superstition; Epilogue
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 273 pages
Isbn
9781107012035
Lccn
2011033570
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40020528610
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  • (OCoLC)741549084
  • (OCoLC)ocn741549084
Label
Rethinking the gods : philosophical readings of religion in the post-Hellenistic period, Peter van Nuffelen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; Part I. Ancient Wisdom: 1. Tracing the origins: ancients, philosophers, and mystery cults; 2. Plutarch of Chaeronea: 'History as a basis for a philosophy that has theology as its end'; 3. Numenius: philosophy as a hidden mystery; 4. Dio Chrysostom, Apuleius and the rhetoric of ancient wisdom; Part II. Cosmic Hierarchy: 5. Towards the pantheon as the paradigm of order; 6. The Great King of Persia and his satraps: ideal and ideology; 7. Dio Chrysostom: virtue and structure in the Kingship Orations; 8. Plutarch: a benevolent hierarchy of gods and men; Part III. Polemic and Prejudice: Challenging the Discourse: 9. Lucian, Epicureanism and strategies of satire; 10. Philo of Alexandria: challenging Greco-Roman culture; 11. Celsus and Christian superstition; Epilogue
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 273 pages
Isbn
9781107012035
Lccn
2011033570
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40020528610
System control number
  • (OCoLC)741549084
  • (OCoLC)ocn741549084

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