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date: 04 March 2021

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This chapter explores one of the most pervasive of the paradigms for interpreting ancient Greek religion, the notion that the divine world was divided into two halves of Olympian and chthonian. It shows how, since its inception in the late eighteenth century, the model has shaped, and often skewed, how Greek religion has been understood.

Keywords: chthonian, deities, Dionysos, Hekate, Olympian, polarities

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