Inventing Superstition: From the Hippocratics to the Christians
By: Dale B. Martin (author)Paperback
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Dale Martin provides the first detailed genealogy of the idea of superstition, its history over eight centuries, from classical Greece to the Christianized Roman Empire of the 4th Century A. D. With illuminating reference to the writings of philosophers, historians and medical teachers he demonstrates that the concept of superstition was invented by Greek intellectuals to condemn popular religious practices and beliefs. Tracing the social, political and cultural influences that informed classical thinking about piety and superstition, nature and the divine, "Inventing Superstition" exposes the manipulation of the label of superstition in arguments between Greek and Roman intellectuals on the one hand and Christians on the other, and the purposeful alteration of the idea by Neoplatonic philosophers and Christian apologists in late antiquity.
Dale B. Martin is Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University.
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