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The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of AsiaA Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion$
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Mark Munn and Michael Rose

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520243491

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520243491.001.0001

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Herodotus and the Gods

Herodotus and the Gods

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(p.293) Chapter 8 Herodotus and the Gods
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The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia
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Mark Munn

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520243491.003.0009

The testimony of Herodotus is central to the understanding of Greco-Persian relations in the late sixth and early fifth centuries. His Histories is also a strong indicator of the symbolic dimensions of events as they were understood by Herodotus' contemporaries in the later fifth century. The relationship of divinity to historical causation in Herodotus' thought is therefore the subject of this chapter. Herodotus' concept of divinity, as revealed in several key passages, is shown to be closely related to his articulation of the concept of universal history. These concepts in turn are closely related to the universalizing thought guiding the Athenian venture to secure a sovereign empire.

Keywords:   Herodotus, mythology, deities, Greece, Persian empire, Athenian democracy, Athens, history

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