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Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 61, 2018

Philosophy of Religion

Zaphira Kambouri
Pages 75-81

The Enablement and Importance of Religious Syncretism in Ancient Greece

In my paper I will explore religious syncretism in Hellenic mythology and religion. I will attempt to present why we are led to religious syncretism in Hellenic world, how this was enabled by the loose social stratus and the lack of a priestly clan. Most importantly how it affected Hellenic society and civilization. Could it have been the motivating power – or at least one of its constituents - behind the marvel of Hellenic civilization and its achievements? How can this knowledge of syncretism in Hellenic religion and its evolution aid us today in a world of growing religious tensions, religious intolerance and holy wars?

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