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The Early Greek Concept of the Soul : Mythos : The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology - Jan Bremmer

The Early Greek Concept of the Soul

Mythos : The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology

Paperback Published: 21st October 1987
ISBN: 9780691101903
Number Of Pages: 172

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Jan Bremmer presents a provocative picture of the historical development of beliefs regarding the soul in ancient Greece. He argues that before Homer the Greeks distinguished between two types of soul, both identified with the individual: the free soul, which possessed no psychological attributes and was active only outside the body, as in dreams, swoons, and the afterlife; and the body soul, which endowed a person with life and consciousness. Gradually this concept of two kinds of souls was replaced by the idea of a single soul. In exploring Greek ideas of human souls as well as those of plants and animals, Bremmer illuminates an important stage in the genesis of the Greek mind.

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"Since Erwin Rohde published Psyche in 1893, the theme of the soul and its relation to life before and after the death of the body has interested scholars of ancient Greek religion. Jan Bremmer's contribution to the discussion is likely to become definitive, for its conclusions as well as its procedures... For such a brief book it is unusually clear and comprehensive in its treatment and thorough in its examination of primary sources. It extracts Greek materials from the hands of specialists to situate them in the broad context of humanistic study."--Larry J. Alderink, Journal of the History of Religions

The Soulp. 3
The Soul of the Livingp. 13
The Free Soul
The Ego Souls
The Soul Animals
The Soul of the Deadp. 70
The Soul at the Moment of Death
Human and Theriomorphic Manifestations of the Deceased
The Relation between the Soul and the Body of the Dead
Funeral Rites and the Soul
A Return of the Dead?
Appendix One. The Soul of Plants and Animalsp. 125
Appendix Two. The Wandering Soul in Western European Folk Traditionp. 132
Selected Bibliographyp. 137
Index of Passagesp. 141
General Indexp. 145
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ISBN: 9780691101903
ISBN-10: 0691101906
Series: Mythos : The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 21st October 1987
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23