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By H. S. Versnel

This can be the 1st of a two-volume number of experiences in inconsistencies in Greek and Roman faith. Their universal goal is to argue for the ancient relevance of varied different types of ambiguity and dissonance. the 1st quantity specializes in the important paradoxes in historical henotheism. The time period "henotheism" - a contemporary formation after the stereotyped acclamation: #EIS O QEOS# ("one is the god"), universal to early Christianity and contemporaneous paganism - denotes the explicit devotion to 1 specific god with out denying the lifestyles of, or maybe cultic recognition to, different gods. After its leading within the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties the time period fell into disuse. still, the thought of henotheism represents the most extraordinary and important shifts in Graeco-Roman faith.

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This inconsistency is loaded wi th meaning and it· signals the central ambiguity of Hellenistic political ideology, as I hope to demonstrate. In order to show this, I shall trace the historico-mental contexts of both sentences. In so doing I am bound to present a number of well-known facts, but I shall restriet myself to the absolutely essential. characterized by a love of opulence and a leaning towards violence, lawlessness, cruelty and hubris39 . He became the dark co nt rast of the liberty of the democratic polis, as it is exemplarily phrased in Euripides' Supplices 429 ff.

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