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Sinn und Wahrheitsgehalt der Kultbilder aus der Sicht den antiken Philosophie: Zur antiken Debatte an Hand des Beispiels Marcus Terentius Varro
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8806-4118
2006 (German)In: Syncharmata: studies in honour of Jan Fredrik Kindstrand / [ed] Sten Eklund, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2006, p. 189-209Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the last book of his Divine Antiquities, Marcus Terentius Varro claimed that the anthropomorphic images of the gods had once been introduced in order to convey true knowledge of the divine to those able to grasp it. As far as we can tell, Varro was the first to accept the anthropomorphic representation of the gods as a sound (though indirect) method of expressing theological truth. However, earlier in that very same work, he had taken a negative stance to such representation of the gods. This article provides a close reading of Varro’s positions, clarifying the ideological presuppositions of both attitudes.

Behind the shift there must lie a new understanding of how and why the gods once came to be represented in human shape. It is striking that philosophical acceptance of the images of the gods turns up so late, in view of the fact that the mythological narrative dealing with the anthropomorphic gods had been treated as cryptophilosophical discourse by philosophers for centuries. This delay shows that anthropomorphic representation of the gods was a problem in itself to philosophy, different from and not automatically linked to the question of searching for philosophical significance in mythological narrative.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2006. p. 189-209
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Studia Graeca Upsaliensia, ISSN 0562-2743 ; 21
Keywords [en]
Truth Value of Cult Images Varro Anthropomorphism Augustine
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Humanities and the Arts
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Philosophy, with specialization in history of philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-331180ISBN: 9155466656 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-331180DiVA, id: diva2:1148641
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Berechtigung und Ursprung des anthropomorphen Gottesbildes aus der Sicht antiker Denker (VR)
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Swedish Research Council, F 840/2000Available from: 2017-10-11 Created: 2017-10-11 Last updated: 2017-10-13Bibliographically approved

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