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Helios Megistos: Zur Synkretistischen Theologie Der Spatantike (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World) (German Edition) [Hardcover]

By Wolfgang Fauth (Author)
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Helios Megistos deals with conceptions of the Greek sun-god Helios in some selected works of late antique literature. The syncretistic picture is characterized by the heterogenous contours and polyvalent functions that were assigned to the god. The main part of the book presents Helios in the Orphic hymns, in the Greek-Egyptian Magical Papyri, in Neoplatonic philosophy and in the Dionysiac epic of Nonnos. The introduction gives a summary of the importance attached to Helios in the older Greek literary tradition, and the appendix contains a sketch of the roles attributed to Ancient Near Eastern sun-deities. Both sections shed light on the conditions that gave rise to the phenomenon of late antique sun theology. These texts, analysed for the first time from the point of view of that sun theology, rather than on the basis only of cultic or political data, extend and enrich our picture of a post-Christian sun religion that reflects strong classical and oriental influences. FR Helios Megistos befat sich mit der durch synkretistische, das heit von heterogenen Gestaltgebungen und polyvalenten Funktionszuweisungen gekennzeichneten theologischen Konzeption der griechischen Sonnengottes Helios in verschiedenartigen Werken der spatgriechischen Literatur. Die Darstellung des Hauptteils prasentiert den Sonnengott in der orphischen Hymnik, den griechisch-agyptischen Zauberpapyri, der neuplatonischen Philosophie und dem Dionysos-Epos des Nonnos von Panopolis. Eine Einleitung mit dem Uberblick uber die Wertung des Helios in der alteren literarischen Tradition und eine Appendix mit der Skizzierung von Kompetenzen der Sonnengottheit im Alten Orient erhellen die historischen Voraussetzungen fur die Eigenart der spatantiken Solartheologie. Da die genannten Texte erstmalig unter dem Aspekt dieser Sonnentheologie ausgewertet werden, ergibt sich eine wertvolle Erweiterung und Bereicherung des bisher nur von kultischen oder politischen Daten bestimmten Bildes der nachchristlichen, von antiken und orientalischen Konstituenten gepragten Sonnenreligion. CURRIC. Wolfgang Fauth, Dr.phil. (1953) Universitat Gottingen, ist Professor fur klassische Philologie an der Universitat Gottingen. Er publizierte zahlreiche Beitrage zur antiken und orientalischen Religionsgeschichte.

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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   268
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004101942  
ISBN13  9789004101944  

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