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Open Access One God Three Greek Experiments In Oneness

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One God Three Greek Experiments In Oneness

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This chapter discusses three Greek modes of bypassing, negotiating, reconciling, in short of coping with the alarming complexity of divine manifestations. The three relevant sections are entitled: "One and many," "Many is one," and "One is the god". The first concerns the Archaic, the last the Hellenistic period, the second discusses a phenomenon that can be found throughout Greek history. All three are 'experiments in oneness', which, on the face of it, attempt to redefine a diversity of phenomena as being basically a unity. At most it is a tactical concession to popular religious tradition, which, by implication, in his heart Xenophanes must have vehemently opposed.

Keywords: Archaic; god; Greek; Hellenistic; Xenophanes



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