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Divinity and History: The Religion of Herodotus

Thomas Harrison


Critics of Herodotus have generally shown unease in the face of the religious passages of the Histories, a sense that he ‘lets himself down’ by delving into matters irrelevant to the proper purpose of history. They have tended consequently to latch on to isolated instances of scepticism in an attempt to vindicate Herodotus from imagined charges of obscurantism. Historians of Greek religion, on the other hand, by their concentration on ritual as the central feature of Greek religious experience, have often neglected the value of literary sources as evidence of religious belief; indeed the term ... More

Keywords: Herodotus, Histories, scepticism, obscurantism, Greek religion, religious belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253555
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Harrison, author
Lecturer in Ancient History, the University of St Andrews