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It appears that in Greek culture it is up to mans decision what to make of an animal, a human, a hero, a god. Each chapter of this book offers a new and often baffling illustration of Greeks ingenious and creative versatility in this field of religious play. Man decides at which moment Herakles or Amphiaraos is a god and at which a hero, when Zeus is Olympian and when Chthonian, and whether the one Zeus is identical with or different from the other. Man may claim Hermes, albeit a god, as a near-human comrade, inter alia by administering the appropriate diets. Playing the godplaying with gods: the two appear to have more in common than one might have imagined, and to both of them the selfsame iron law applies: that is not to mix up the different registers of this divina commedia.

Keywords: Amphiaraos; Greek culture; Hermes; inter alia; Olympian god; Playing the god



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