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Religion in the Hellenistic and early post-Hellenistic era

Lossl, Josef ORCID: 2018. Religion in the Hellenistic and early post-Hellenistic era. Lossl, Josef and Baker-Brian, Nicholas, eds. A Companion to Religion in Late Antiquity, Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World, Chichester: Wiley, pp. 33-60.

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This chapter outlines some features of religion in the Hellenistic and early Post-Hellenistic world to provide a background for the discussion of themes and issues arising from the study of late-antique religions. It addresses the global character of the Hellenistic world, and the way this transformed religions. It also explains the nature of civic as well as personal religion in the Hellenistic era, phenomena such as cults of human persons, oracles, “magic” and “interactions” with religions in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Egypt and Africa, for example Zoroastrianism and Judaism. It will also briefly consider the origins of Christianity. It then goes on to outline the rise of Roman domination of the Mediterranean and its implications for religion, for example the tendency towards universalism and monism and the spread of Christianity. It also touches upon topics such as educational-cultural movements (the Second Sophistic), phenomena such as the turn to the individual (Gnosis), and the wider context (Persia, Africa, North and North-West).

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9781118968109
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 11:35

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