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Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy

Jon D. Mikalson


A study of how ancient Greek philosophers described, interpreted, criticized, and utilized major components and concepts of the religion of the people of their time. The philosophers studied are primarily Sophocles, Plato, and Aristotle, with secondary emphasis on their predecessors and contemporaries such as Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Protagoras, and Democritus, and on the early Cynics Diogenes and Bion, the early Stoics Zeno, Cleanthes, and Chrysippus, and Epicurus. The major components of this practised religion are sacrifice, prayer, dedications, religious officials, and divination. The major ... More

Keywords: Greek religion, Greek philosophy, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Cynics, Stoics, Epicureans, piety, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577835
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577835.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon D. Mikalson, author
W. R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Classics, University of Virginia
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