By Nickolas P. Roubekas

An old idea of Religion examines a conception of faith recommend via Euhemerus of Messene (late 4th—early third century BCE) in his misplaced paintings Sacred Inscription, and indicates not just how and why euhemerism took place but in addition the way it was once— and nonetheless is—used.

By learning the usage of the speculation in several periods—from the Graeco-Roman international to past due Antiquity, and from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century—this publication explores the reception of the idea in diversified literary works. In so doing, it additionally unpacks the several adoptions and misrepresentations of Euhemerus’s paintings in line with the various agendas of the authors and students who've hired his conception. within the strategy, sure questions are raised: What did Euhemerus really declare? How has his idea of the origins of trust in gods been used? How can glossy scholarship procedure and interpret his tackle faith? whilst touching on ‘euhemerism,’ whose model are we making use of? An historical thought of faith assumes no past wisdom of euhemerism and should be of curiosity to students operating in classical reception, spiritual reviews, and early Christian studies.

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