Inventing Superstition: From the Hippocratics to the Christians

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Martin provides the first detailed genealogy of the idea of superstition, its history over eight centuries, from classical Greece to the Christianized Roman Empire of the fourth century C.E. With illuminating reference to the writings of philosophers, historians, and medical teachers he demonstrates that the concept of superstition was invented by Greek intellectuals to condemn popular religious practices and beliefs, especially the belief that gods or other superhuman beings would harm people or cause disease. Tracing the ...

Inventing Superstition: From the Hippocratics to the Christians 2007, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674024076

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