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Imposture

Anthony Ossa-Richardson

in The Devil's Tabernacle: The Pagan Oracles in Early Modern Thought

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157115
eISBN:
9781400846597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157115.003.0005
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter considers the idea that the whole business of pagan oracles was a sham, perpetrated for money or political gain. It discusses the so-called “imposture thesis”—that pagan religions were ... More


Introduction

Charles Ramble

in The Navel of the Demoness: Tibetan Buddhism and Civil Religion in Highland Nepal

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195154146
eISBN:
9780199868513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154146.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The original aim of the research that led to this book was to explore the confrontation between Buddhism and Himalayan “pagan” religion, based on the sacrificial cult of territorial gods. It was ... More


Approaching Late Antiquity: The Transformation from Early to Late Empire

Simon Swain and Mark Edwards (eds)

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199297375
eISBN:
9780191708978
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297375.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

What factors already present in the society of the High Roman Empire developed and expanded into the world of Late Antiquity? What was distinct in this period from what went before? The answers to ... More


Religion and Theology I: “Of Religion”

Devin Stauffer

in Hobbes's Kingdom of Light: A Study of the Foundations of Modern Political Philosophy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226552903
eISBN:
9780226553061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226553061.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter considers Hobbes’s treatment of religion in the early chapters of Leviathan, especially in Chapter 12, “Of Religion.” In that chapter, Hobbes presents an account of the psychological ... More


Les Lauriers sont coupés

Anthony Ossa-Richardson

in The Devil's Tabernacle: The Pagan Oracles in Early Modern Thought

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157115
eISBN:
9781400846597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157115.003.0008
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter focuses on Delphi, arguing that it has fallen out of our world. Since it yielded to the archaeologists, and to the tourists, it has become ashrine only to curiosity, to be approached ... More


Machiavelli’s Ambiguous Praise of Paganism

Vickie B. Sullivan

in Machiavelli's Three Romes: Religion, Human Liberty, and Politics Reformed

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781501747847
eISBN:
9781501747861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747847.003.0006
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter argues that Niccolò Machiavelli considers the Roman leaders' use of pagan religion to maintain popular support as pernicious. It enabled the leaders of the people to put this religion to ... More


Reflections on the Status of the Awliyā

Hussein Ahmad Amin

in The Sorrowful Muslim's Guide

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474437073
eISBN:
9781474453653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474437073.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Following on from the previous chapter, this chapter addresses the status of awliya’, or saints and holy men, and other icons venerated by the general populace for different reasons. The chapter ... More


Is Sufism Islamic?

Hussein Ahmad Amin

in The Sorrowful Muslim's Guide

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474437073
eISBN:
9781474453653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474437073.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Amin explores the development of Sufism in this chapter. He ties it to popular religious practices and the traces of ancient pagan religions in various geographical locations of the Muslim Empire. He ... More


Text & Translation of Book IV

P.G. Walsh (ed.)

in De Civitate Dei Books III and IV

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856687594
eISBN:
9781800342996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856687594.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter provides the original text and translation of Book IV of Augustine's The City of God. It investigates the nature and the roles of the gods that the demons impersonate and demonstrate how ... More


Carthage: Pagan Culture, Religion, and Society in the High Roman Empire1,2 Roman Carthage

Barbara K. Gold

in Perpetua: Athlete of God

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780195385458
eISBN:
9780190905316
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195385458.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter discusses the rise, development, and Romanization of ancient Carthage in the early Christian period after the formation of the province of Africa Proconsularis in the Augustan period; ... More


Laocoon among the Gods,: or: On the Theological Limits of Lessing’s

Michael Squire

in Rethinking Lessing's Laocoon: Antiquity, Enlightenment, and the 'Limits' of Painting and Poetry

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198802228
eISBN:
9780191840562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198802228.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Michael Squire explores how Greek and Roman materials can illuminate the thinking behind Lessing’s Laocoon. While Lessing’s project is structured around the interpretation of an ancient statue, the ... More


The Epic of Gilgamesh

Jon Stewart

in The Emergence of Subjectivity in the Ancient and Medieval World: An Interpretation of Western Civilization

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198854357
eISBN:
9780191888632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198854357.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

Chapter 1 gives a reading of the Mesopotamian The Epic of Gilgamesh. At the outset an account is provided of the historical context of the work in antiquity and its discovery and translation in the ... More


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