An Ancient Theory of Religion : Euhemerism from Antiquity to the Present
By studying the utilization of the theory in different periods-from the Graeco-Roman world to Late Antiquity, and from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century-this book explores the reception of the theory in diverse literary works. In so doing, it also unpacks the different adoptions and misrepresentations of Euhemerus's work according to the diverse agendas of the authors and scholars who have employed his theory. In the process, certain questions are raised: What did Euhemerus actually claim? How has his theory of the origins of belief in gods been used? How can modern scholarship approach and interpret his take on religion? When referring to `euhemerism,' whose version are we employing? An Ancient Theory of Religion assumes no prior knowledge of euhemerism and will be of interest to scholars working in classical reception, religious studies, and early Christian studies.
- Hardback | 190 pages
- 159 x 235 x 19.05mm | 431g
- 20 Jan 2017
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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Table of contents
Introduction: Why Study Euhemerism?
1. Euhemerus's Euhemerism
2. Before Euhemerus
3. Returning to the Sources
4. Euhemerism and Atheism
5. Euhemerus, Divine Kingship, and Irony
6. Citing the Citations: Anti-`Pagan' Euhemerism and Identity Formation
7. Turning the Tables: Anti-Christian Euhemerism in Celsus
8. Seeing `Euhemerism' Everywhere
Afterword: On the Use and Abuse of a Theory
- Professor Gerhard van den Heever, University of South Africa
"This book provides an important contribution to the understanding of Euhemerism ... Nickolas Roubekas provides a rigorous study both of Euhemerism in its original sense, and the cultural history of its reception, for an audience of both Classicists and students of religion ... `Whose Euhemerism?' is the right question to pose, as the conclusion states (p. 182). Apart from contributing several different insights to particular issues that will appeal to classicists and students of religion, and achieving a most helpful overall presentation of the Euhemeristic tradition, this book is important above all because it will force every future user of the term, of whichever discipline, to pose that question and weigh carefully how to answer it."
- Miguel Herrero de Jauregui, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain, in Acta Classica, the journal of the Classical Association of South Africa
"Roubekas' project is stimulating. I hope more scholars follow his example and place ancient thinkers into dialogue with modern theorists of religion."
- Nathan J. Ristuccia, University of Chicago, USA, Reviews in Religion & Theology 24
"Roubekas tries to draw a distinction not only between Euhemerus and later manifestations of his thought, but also between Euhemerus and older or contemporary writers who are assumed to have influenced him, namely Xenophanes of Colophon, Democritus, Prodicus of Ceos, and Critias. This effort results in a solid and detailed analysis of both Euhemerus and his supposed sources."
- Benjamin Garstad, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada
About Nickolas P. Roubekas