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The Frontiers Of Graeco-Roman Religions: Greeks And Non-Greeks From A Religious Point Of View

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The aim of this chapter is to analyse how religion was used as a way of constructing different limits for the concept of Greekness. After a brief sketch of Herodotus work as a starting point, it focuses on Strabos Geography, firstly to show how he broadened the limits of Greek religion, so that it could be understood as Graeco-Roman religion instead, and secondly to show how the device was intended to set frontiers not only between Greeks and barbarians, but also between Greeks (or Graeco-Romans) and non-Greeks within the Roman Empire. In conclusion, presenting the Greeks as clearly superior in cultural and religious terms was no doubt an important strategy for negotiating the position of the Greeks within the Roman empire. However, it was equally important to create a common religious ground on which a new Graeco-Roman identity could be based.

Keywords: Graeco-Roman; Greeks; Herodotus; non-Greeks; Strabo



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