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Why it should be obvious that Euhemerus did not write his Sacred History to bolster ruler cult: A critical assessment and an alternative theory
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2014 (English)In: ΛABPYΣ. Studies presented to Pontus Hellström / [ed] Lars Karlsson, Susanne Carlsson, Jesper Blid Kullberg, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2014, 341-350 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The idea that Euhemerus wrote to bolster ruler cult is wide-spread, although it has nothing to support it if the evidence is analysed in detail. In the present artcile, that task is undertaken and the serious problems accompanying the theory are discussed. If we take Euhemerus' project as an attempt to forward a new theory as to how the anthropomorphic image of the divine had arisen, every single question prompted by the traditional explanation turns out to get its solution.    

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2014. 341-350 p.
Boreas. Uppsala Studies in Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Civilizations, ISSN 0346-6442 ; 35Aun, ISSN 0284-1347 ; 35
Keyword [en]
Euhemerus; anthropomorphic image of the divine; ruler cult
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-224427ISBN: 9789155488314OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-224427DiVA: diva2:716712
Swedish Research Council, 421-2001-4891

Del av större projekt med titeln Die Frage nach Berechtigung und Ursprung des anthropomorphen Gottesbildes im antiken Denken

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