|Title:||Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy|
|Authors:||MIKALSON, JON D.|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Description:||This book has its origins over forty years ago, in an undergraduate tutorial with Friedrich Solmsen at the University of Wisconsin. He assigned me first to read and write short papers on Plato’s Meno and Phaedo. Our third and last reading was to be Plato’s Phaedrus, and this time I suggested a paper topic—‘Orphism in the Phaedrus’. Professor Solmsen laughed slightly (I now know why!) and said, ‘Ah, but first you must read Linforth’s Arts of Orpheus.’ Such was my introduction to Plato, to investigating religious topics in philosophical writings, and to source-criticism, for all of which I am much indebted to both Ivan Linforth and Friedrich Solmsen. Other projects have distracted me over the years, but in recent years I have found great pleasure in returning to the philosophers, especially Plato and Aristotle, to see what they can contribute to my understanding of the religion practised by the Greeks. In this I have received invaluable help and encouragement from Robert Parker, Andrew S. Mason, and my colleague Daniel Devereux. I have credited them in notes for some specific points, but throughout their comments led me to revise or sharpen several discussions and arguments. They do not, certainly, agree with all my conclusions, but where I have been wise enough to accept their advice, I have benefited greatly. I thank, too, the staff at Oxford University Press, especially Hilary O’Shea who offered welcome support and encouragement.|
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