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Soul, migration of the
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The Greek terms μετεμψύχωσις (metempsýchōsis, literally 're-ensoulment'), μετενσωμάτωσις (metensōmátōsis, 're-embodiment'), παλιγγενεσία (palingenesía, 're-becoming') are not recorded in ancient sources before the 1st cent. BC (only the verbal phrase πάλιν γίγνεσθαι/pálin gígnesthai is in Plato; the noun in the other sense, that of periodic world renewal, is documented in the older Stoa). However, the doctrine of the migration of the soul is demonstrably present in the Greek cultural sphere from the 2nd half of the 6th cent. BC at the latest. Pherecydes [1] o…

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Riedweg, Christoph (Zürich), “Soul, migration of the”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 05 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1106520>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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