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Pater the ClassicistClassical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism$
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Charles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista, and Elizabeth Prettejohn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723417.001.0001

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Pater and Greek Religion

Pater and Greek Religion

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Pater the Classicist

Robert Fowler

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses Pater’s views on Greek religion, as expounded particularly in Greek Studies. It assesses his relationship with his principally German sources, and discusses the interplay of historicism and aestheticism in his interpretation of the phenomena. The chapter places his work in the context both of contemporary scholarship on Greek religion and of nascent anthropology, and stresses the remarkable insightfulness of Pater’s reading. The question is posed why his work had so little influence among professional scholars of Greek religion in the twentieth century, as opposed to that of Nietzsche and others, and ends by suggesting that recent trends in the field may open the way for a rehabilitation of Pater’s approach, if modified to suit contemporary interests and theoretical presuppositions.

Keywords:   ancient Greek religion, anthropology, history of classical scholarship, Friedrich Nietzsche, Orphism

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