Stock Image

Divinity and History: The Religion of Herodotus

Thomas Harrison

Published by OUP Oxford
ISBN 10: 0198152914 / ISBN 13: 9780198152910
New / Hardcover / Quantity Available: 20
From BuySomeBooks (Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book
Add to basket
List Price: US$
Price: US$ 273.96
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

30 Day Returns Policy

Save for Later

About the Book

Bibliographic Details


Title: Divinity and History: The Religion of ...

Publisher: OUP Oxford

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Book Type: Hardcover

Description:

Hardcover. 336 pages. Dimensions: 8.6in. x 5.5in. x 1.1in.Critics of Herodotus have generally shown an unease in the face of the religious passages of the Histories, a sense that he lets himself down by delving into matters irrelevant to the proper purpose of history. They have tended consequently to latch on to isolated instances of scepticism in an attempt to vindicate Herodotus from imagined charges of obscurantism. Historians of Greek religion, on the other hand, by their concentration on ritual as the central feature of Greek religious experience, have often neglected the value of literary sources as evidence of religious belief; indeed the term belief has become something of a dirty word. In this book, the first full-length study of the subject in English, Dr Harrison not only places Herodotus religious beliefs at the centre of his conception of history, but - by seeing instances of scepticism and of belief in relation to one another, and by the use of analogy from anthropological literature - also redresses the recent emphasis on the centrality of ritual. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780198152910

About this title:

Book ratings provided by GoodReads:
3.5 avg rating
(2 ratings)

Synopsis: Critics of Herodotus have generally shown an unease in the face of the religious passages of the Histories, a sense that he 'lets himself down' by delving into matters irrelevant to the proper purpose of history. They have tended consequently to latch on to isolated instances of scepticism in an attempt to vindicate Herodotus from imagined charges of obscurantism. Historians of Greek religion, on the other hand, by their concentration on ritual as the central feature of Greek religious experience, have often neglected the value of literary sources as evidence of religious belief; indeed the term belief has become something of a dirty word. In this book, the first full-length study of the subject in English, Dr Harrison not only places Herodotus' religious beliefs at the centre of his conception of history, but - by seeing instances of scepticism and of belief in relation to one another, and by the use of analogy from anthropological literature - also redresses the recent emphasis on the centrality of ritual.

Review: Harrison has done scholars of Herodotus a great service by bringing together so many passages and secondary scholarship. ( Mnemosyne)

A splendid, sinewy book which deserves a wide readership. ( Greece & Rome)

I have read nothing as interesting and illuminating on Herodotus as Tom Harrison's Divinity and History since François Hartog's Le miroir d'Hérodote (1980). ( Greece & Rome)

The fact that Herodotus' religious beliefs are formative of the internal logic of his history is one of the most significant conclusions reached by Harrison in his estimable and badly needed book on the subject. ( The Classical Review)

The style is very clear considering the murkiness of the subject, and the tone is untendentious in spite of the minefields Harrison must clear. His method of dealing with his predecessors, of all camps, is a model that deserves to be emulated. ( The Classical Review)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bookseller & Payment Information

Payment Methods

This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:

  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

[Search this Seller's Books]

[List this Seller's Books]

[Ask Bookseller a Question]

Bookseller: BuySomeBooks
Address: Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.

AbeBooks Bookseller Since: May 21, 2012
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web
sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as
Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund
within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your mind about a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to contact us and we'll respond within 2 business days.

BuySomeBooks is operated by Drive-On-In, Inc., a Nevada co...

[More Information]

Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 1-2 business days. Books are shipped from multiple locations so your order may arrive from Las Vegas,NV, Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN, Momence,IL, or Commerce,GA.


Store Description: BuySomeBooks is great place to get your books online. With over eight million titles available we're sure to have what you're looking for. Despite having a large selection of new books available for immediate shipment and excellent customer service, people still tell us they prefer us because of our prices.