The Rise and Fall of the Afterlife
The 1995 Read-Tuckwell Lectures at the University of Bristol
By (author) Jan N. Bremmer
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Rise and Fall of the Afterlife by Jan N. Bremmer
Book DescriptionBelief in the afterlife is still very much alive in Western civilisation, even though the truth of its existence is no longer universally accepted. Surprisingly, however, heaven, hell and the immortal soul were all ideas which arrived relatively late in the ancient world. Originally Greece and Israel - the cultures that gave us Christianity - had only the vaguest ideas of an afterlife. So where did these concepts come from and why did they develop? In this fascinating, learned, but highly readable book, Jan N. Bremmer - one of the foremost authorities on ancient religion - takes a fresh look at the major developments in the Western imagination of the afterlife, from the ancient Greeks to the modern near-death experience.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415141482
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jan N. Bremmer
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A collection of studies about the Passion of Perpetua, the diary written by the young Christian martyr Perpetua. This intriguing text is edited and translated before a team of distinguished scholars examine it from a wide range of perspectives: literary, narratological, historical, religious, psychological, and philosophical.
Gods of Ancient Greece, Hardback (July 2010)
This book presents a synchronic and diachronic view of the gods as they functioned in Greek culture until the triumph of Christianity.
Rise and Fall of the Afterlife, Hardback (September 2001)
In this perceptive and intriguing book, Bremmer takes a fresh look at the major developments in the Western imagination of the afterlife, from the ancient Greeks to the modern near-death experience.
Greek Religion, Paperback (December 1994)» View all books by Jan N. Bremmer
A brief but highly informative book on Greek religion in the classical period.
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