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Introduction to Mythology


 

Euhemerus (ca. 330-260 B.C.)

 

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Euhemerus Was a Friend of Cassander, First King of Macedonia after the Death of Alexander the Great.

 

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He Believed that Mythological Stories Were Really Muddled History in Disguise.

 

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Gods and Goddesses Worshiped by the Various Religions Were Originally Living People, Deified Because of Some Great Feat or Virtue, or Perhaps Because of the Great Power They Had Possessed When Alive.

 

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Early Christians Liked Euhemerus's Ideas, Which Had Become Known as Euhemerism. Christians Could Delete the Supernatural Elements of "Heathen" Greek Myths, Without Having to Do Away with the Myths Altogether.

 

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The Views of Euhemerus Have Come Down to Us in the Writings of Diodorus of Sicily (1st Century B.C.) in His Work The Library of History.

 

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Euhemerus Wrote His Own Book Entitled Sacred History ("Hiera Anagraphê") Which Has Now Been Lost.

 


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