Hellenistic Religions: An Introduction

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In this comprehensive introduction, Martin offers an overview of the religious institutions, beliefs, and practices in the Graeco-Roman world from the fourth century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E.

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Luther H. Martin is at University of Vermont.

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"A brief but very useful study..."---Booklist

"Highly impressive study of Hellenistic religions....What we have in this slim volume is a extraordinary distillation of Martin's creative and finely honed thinking about a subject he loves and has been musing over for years. It is a valuable book, a pleasure to read, while at the same time a challenge to grasp and work through."--Critical Review

"An excellent and much-needed survey."--Akmadam [sic], Eckerd College

"An excellent introduction for undergraduates, especially those studying the history of religion; scholars will appreciate its many insights."--Classical World

"A good, basic introduction to the subject....More up-to-date than any alternative...Excellent bibliographies...Recommended not only for introductory courses on ancient religion but also for the general reader as well."--Classical Bulletin

"A useful overview for students and professors needing a quick fix on major Hellenistic philosophical and religious movements, and fun to read, with useful maps and bibliography."--David Soren, University of Arizona

"Martin presents a useful introduction to the difficult world and belief systems of the Hellenistic age and his attempts to systematize it are perceptive and timely. Hellenistic Religions fulfills a long-standing need for a wide-ranging and thoughtful introduction to this important subject."--The Historian

"A useful summary of the basic tenets of the major Hellenistic religions. A helpful introduction for students of the Bible."--Frank Thielman, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

"An excellent text for a course in Hellenistic history or ancient religion."--W. Jeffrey Tatum, Florida State University

"This book achieves a good balance of evidence and theory/explanation, is well-written, and is historically perceptive. I plan to use it again."--Larry J. Alderink, Concordia College

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