Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy by Jon D. MikalsonGreek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy by Jon D. Mikalson

Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy

byJon D. Mikalson

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Jon D. Mikalson examines how Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and other Greek philosophers described, interpreted, criticized, and utilized the components and concepts of the religion of the people of their time - practices such as sacrifice, prayer, dedications, and divination. The chief conceptsinvolved are those of piety and impiety, and after a thorough analysis of the philosophical texts Mikalson offers a refined definition of Greek piety, dividing it into its two constituent elements of `proper respect' for the gods and `religious correctness'. He concludes with a demonstration of thebenevolence of the gods in the philosophical tradition, linking it to the expectation of that benevolence evinced by popular religion.

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Jon D. Mikalson is W. R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia.
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Title:Greek Popular Religion in Greek PhilosophyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:July 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199577838

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Introduction1. `Service to the gods'2. Prayer, sacrifice, festivals, dedications, and priests in `service to the gods'3. Divination and its range of influence4. `Proper respect for the gods' and `religious correctness'5. Philosophers and the benevolence of the Greek gods6. Polling the Greeks and their philosophers