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Pantheon
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I. Religious Studies – II. The Pantheon in Rome

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In classical usage, attested since the Hellenistic period, a pantheon (Gk pántheion) was a shrine dedicated to “all the gods” (hoi theoí pántes). In modern scholarship, the term has come to be used in describing polytheistic (Monotheism and Polytheism) systems, in particular the 12 Olympian gods of Greece. This example also illustrates the problem presented by pantheons: what modern presentations treat …

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Rüpke, Jörg and Hitzl, Konrad, “Pantheon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024258>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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