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Symbols/Symbol Theory
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I. Religious Studies

Use of the Greek word σύμβολον/sýmbolon in a sense relevant to religious studies is attested quite early in the history of European religions; Dio of Prusa (1st/2nd cent. ce), for example, used it in his speech on Phidias’s statue of Zeus in Olympia (Oratio 12.59). In this context, the Greek term reflects the pr…

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Berner, Ulrich, Cancik-Lindemaier, Hildegard, Recki, Birgit, Schlenke, Dorothee, Biehl, Peter, Zilleßen, Dietrich, Schreiter, Robert, Uehlinger, Christoph, Koch, Guntram, Mädler, Inken et al., “Symbols/Symbol Theory”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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