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Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology. Avd för latin.
2008 (Swedish)In: Förbistringar och förklaringar: Festskrift till Anders Piltz, Lunds Universitet , 2008, 702-708 p.Chapter in book (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Abstract [en]

In antiquity, certain famous men came to be widely regarded as the offspring of a supernatural union between their mothers and a god. Among the most prominent of these sons of gods were Plato, Alexander the Great, Scipio the Elder and Augustus. As a rule, the god was said to have had intercourse with the woman in the guise of a serpent. However, the possibility of a more spiritual conception is taken into account in at least one case, that of Plato.

This article examines the attitude of the educated elite to this kind of legend and their ideas as to how such absurd tales may have originated.

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Lunds Universitet , 2008. 702-708 p.
Keyword [en]
guds son, jungfrufödsel, folkföreställning kontra filosofi, antik mytologi, Alexander den Store, Plutarchos
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Classical Archaeology and Ancient History History of Ideas Specific Languages Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-16547ISBN: 978-91-87976-29-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-16547DiVA: diva2:44318
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