Religions in the Graeco-Roman World, Volume: 173
Inspired by a critical reconsideration of current monolithic approaches
to the study of Greek religion, this book argues that ancient Greeks
displayed a disquieting capacity to validate two (or more) dissonant, if
not contradictory, representations of the divine world in a
complementary rather than mutually exclusive manner. From this
perspective the six chapters explore problems inherent in: order vs.
variety/chaos in polytheism, arbitrariness vs. justice in theodicy, the
peaceful co-existence of mono- and polytheistic theologies, human traits
in divine imagery, divine omnipotence vs. limitation of power, and
ruler cult. Based on an intimate knowledge of ancient realia and
literary testimonia the book stands out for its extensive application of
relevant perceptions drawn from cultural anthropology, theology,
cognitive science, psychology, and linguistics.