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Missionaries And Recipients: The Relationships Between Diodorus’ Heroes And Their Addressees

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A careful reading of Diodorus' tales of the heroes examined in this chapter reveals three scenarios. The first is that the hero and residents of the land acted peacefully. Secondly, the manner in which the defeated city was treated also had its roots in reality. Thirdly, the mythical heroes acted violently. Author offers some instances, demonstrating that the kind of relationship between the hero and the residents of the land. The recipients are no longer those hospitable towards the missionary, readily accepting him or those who, on the other hand, resisted his deeds. These are but a few cases cited in order to demonstrate that Diodorus' choice of words was not random, but deliberate. He chose words precisely to describe the recipients of the religious message conveyed by his mythical heroes. Thus the terms employed by Diodorus to depict the beneficiaries also point to the nature of mission.

Keywords: addressees; Diodorus; heroes; missionary; recipients; relationship; religious message; residents



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