Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Vol 39, No 2 (2010)

The Manageable Self in the Early Hellenistic Era

Vaia Touna
Issued Date: 11 May 2010


This paper argues that the rise of what is commonly termed "personal religion" during the Classic-Hellenistic period is not the result of an inner need or even quality of the self, as often argued by those who see in ancient Greece foreshadowing of Christianity, but rather was the result of social, economic, and political conditions that made it possible for Hellenistic Greeks to redefine the perception of the individual and its relationship to others.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsor.v39i2.009


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