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Bremmer, Jan N.

Works: 157 works in 694 publications in 6 languages and 16,327 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Cross-cultural studies  Bible stories  Myths 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Thesis advisor, Honoree, Compiler, dgs, Originator, Redactor, Correspondent
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Most widely held works about Jan N Bremmer
Most widely held works by Jan N Bremmer
Between poverty and the pyre : moments in the history of widowhood by Jan N Bremmer( )

25 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 1,802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verzameling essays door historici, antropologen en letterkundigen over weduwen in verschillende culturen
The gods of ancient Greece : identities and transformations by Jan N Bremmer( )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 1,675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Greek gods are still very much present in modern consciousness. Although Apollo and Dionysos, Artemis and Aphrodite, Zeus and Hermes are household names, it is much less clear what these divinities meant and stood for in ancient Greece. In fact, they have been very much neglected in modern scholarship. This book brings together a team of international scholars with the aim of remedying this situation and generating new approaches to the nature and development of the Greek gods in the period from Homer until Late Antiquity. The book looks at individual gods, but also asks to what extent cult, myth and literary genre determine the nature of a divinity. How do the Greek gods function in a polytheistic pantheon and what is their connection to the heroes? What is the influence of philosophy? What does archaeology tell us about the gods? In what way do the gods in Late Antiquity differ from those in classical Greece? This book presents a synchronic and diachronic view of the gods as they functioned in Greek culture until the triumph of Christianity
Greek religion and culture, the Bible, and the ancient Near East by Jan N Bremmer( )

17 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the last decades there has been an increasing interest in the relationship between Greek religion & culture and the Ancient Near East. This book contributes greatly to this interest by studying the Near Eastern background of important Greek myths, such as those of the creation of the world and the first woman, the Flood, the Golden Fleece, the Titans and travelling seers, but also of the births of Attis and Asclepius as well as the origins of the terms 'paradise' and 'magic'. It also shows that, in turn, Greek literature influenced Jewish stories of divine epiphanies and that the Greek scapegoat myths and rituals contributed to the central Christian notion of atonement."--Jacket
Myths, martyrs, and modernity : studies in the history of religions in honour of Jan N. Bremmer by Jitse H. F Dijkstra( )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume in honour of Jan N. Bremmer contains the contributions of numerous students, colleagues, and friends offered to him on the occasion of his 65th birthday. Throughout his career, Bremmer has distinguished himself as an internationally renowned scholar of religion both past and present, including first and foremost Greek and Roman religion, but also early Christianity and post-classical developments in religion and spirituality. In line with these three main areas of Bremmera (TM)s research, the volume is divided into three parts, bringing together contributions from distinguished sch
The early Greek concept of the soul by Jan N Bremmer( Book )

29 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bremmer's goal is to present a picture of the historical development of beliefs regarding the soul in ancient Greece. He begins with the archaic age and Homeric epics, where the psyche is a 'free' soul which belongs to an individual and can leave the body -- in dreams, swoons, trances -- while the body is alive ... One of Bremmer's major contributions is to propose that Greek views of the soul should be characterized as multiple rather than dualistic. Further, we should consider the rather negative attitude toward the continued existence of the psyche after bodily death as arising in social conditions which valued the life of the community above the survival of the dead individual."--Back cover
Interpretations of Greek mythology by Jan N Bremmer( Book )

44 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interpretations of Greek Mythology, first published in1987, builds on the innovative work of Walter Burkert and the 'Paris school' of Jean-Pierre Vernant, and represents a renewal of interpretation of Greek mythology. The contributors to this volume present a variety of approaches to the Greek myths, all of which eschew a monolithic or exclusively structuralist hermeneutic method. Specifically, the notion that mythology can simply be read as a primitive mode of narrative history is rejected, with emphasis instead being placed on the relationships between mythology and history, ritu
Greek religion by Jan N Bremmer( Book )

48 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient Greek religion was embedded in society rather than comprising a separate institution. Practice was communal and public, without a religious establishment, although there were priests. It was dominated by men, and communicated orally without written sources. Belief was polytheistic, with no strong boundaries for sacred versus profane. The focus of belief was on the present life, and social meaning and order were maintained through the religion
A cultural history of gesture by Jan N Bremmer( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om omgangsformernes historie fra græsk og romersk oldtid til i dag i forskellige kulturer
From Sappho to De Sade : moments in the history of sexuality by Jan N Bremmer( Book )

28 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of sexuality has been the subject of increased interest in recent years and more widely acknowledged importance in the interpretation of past mentalités. Yet historians have only recently begun to study sexual practices in any depth, establishing that sexuality is not a biological constant but an ever-changing phenomenon, continuously shaped by people themselves. The contributors to this inter-disciplinary collection bring their expertise in ancient as well as medieval history, anthropology, modern history, and psychology to bear upon the history of sexuality
Initiation into the mysteries of the ancient world by Jan N Bremmer( )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores ancient mystery cults and their influence on emerging Christianity. The author discusses the famous Eleusian Mysteries as well as smaller and lesser-known Greek and Roman mysteries, offering an indispensable in-depth analysis of this fascinating phenomenon
The rise and fall of the afterlife : the 1995 Read-Tuckwell lectures at the University of Bristol by Jan N Bremmer( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The afterlife is still very much alive in Western civilisation, even though the truth of its existence is no longer universally accepted. Surprisingly, however, heaven, hell and the immortal soul were all ideas which arrived relatively late in the ancient world. Originally Greece and Israel - the cultures that gave us Christianity - had only the vaguest ideas of an afterlife. So where did these concepts come from and why did they develop?" "This perceptive and intriguing book concludes that every period gets the afterlife it deserves. It will be of interest to all those interested in what other cultures have believed about life after death, as well as being a standard work for students and researchers in ancient religions, cultural history, and the history and sociology of religion."--BOOK JACKET
A Cultural history of humour : from antiquity to the present day by Jan N Bremmer( Book )

22 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This important and highly original book sets out to explore the terra incognita of humour through the ages - from jokes and stage humour in Greece and Rome to the jestbooks of early modern Europe, from practical jokes in Renaissance Italy to comic painting during the Dutch Golden Age, from Bakhtin's conception of laughter to the joking relationships of anthropologists
Perpetua's passions : multidisciplinary approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Perpetua's Passions is a collection of studies about Perpetua, a young female Christian martyr who was executed in 203 AD. Like her spiritual guide, Saturus, Perpetua left a diary, and a few years after their deaths a fellow Christian collected these writings and supplied them with an introduction and epilogue: the so-called Passion of Perpetua. The result is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic works of antiquity, which the present volume examines from a wide range of perspectives: literary, narratological, historical, religious, psychological, and philosophical viewpoints follow upon a newly edited text and English translation (by Joseph Farrell and Craig Williams). This innovative treatment by a number of distinguished scholars not only complements its unique subject, but constitutes a kind of laboratory of new approaches to ancient texts."--Publisher's description
A Cultural history of gesture : from antiquity to the present day( Book )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman myth and mythography by Jan N Bremmer( Book )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla by Jan N Bremmer( Book )

11 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The strange world of human sacrifice( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""The Strange World of Human Sacrifice" is the first modern collection of studies on one of the most gruesome and intriguing aspects of religion. The volume starts with a brief introduction, which is followed by studies of Aztec human sacrifice and the literary motif of human sacrifice in medieval Irish literature. Turning to ancient Greece, three cases of human sacrifice are analysed: a ritual example, a mythical case, and one in which myth and ritual are interrelated. The early Christians were the victims of accusations of human sacrifice, but in turn imputed the crime to heterodox Christians, just as the Jews imputed the crime to their neighbours. The ancient Egyptians rarely seem to have practised human sacrifice, but buried the pharaoh's servants with him in order to serve him in the afterlife, albeit only for a brief period at the very beginning of pharaonic civilization. In ancient India we can follow the traditions of human sacrifice from the earliest texts up to modern times, where especially in eastern India goddesses, such as Kali, were long worshipped with human victims. In Japanese tales human sacrifice often takes the form of self-sacrifice, and there may well be a line from these early sacrifices to modern "kamikaze". The last study throws a surprising light on human sacrifice in China. The volume is concluded with a detailed index."--
The metamorphosis of magic from late antiquity to the early modern period by Metamorphosis of magic from late antiquity to the early modern period( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacred history and sacred texts in early Judaism : a symposium in honour of A.S. van der Woude by Jan N Bremmer( Book )

10 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Apocryphal Acts of Peter : magic, miracles, and gnosticism( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The early Greek concept of the soul
The gods of ancient Greece : identities and transformationsGreek religion and culture, the Bible, and the ancient Near EastMyths, martyrs, and modernity : studies in the history of religions in honour of Jan N. BremmerThe early Greek concept of the soulGreek religionThe rise and fall of the afterlife : the 1995 Read-Tuckwell lectures at the University of BristolA Cultural history of humour : from antiquity to the present dayThe strange world of human sacrifice
Alternative Names
Bremmer, J. N.

Bremmer, J.N. 1944-

Bremmer, J. N. (Jan N.)

Bremmer, J. N. (Jan Nicolaas)

Bremmer, Jan.

Bremmer, Jan 1944-

Bremmer, Jan N.

Bremmer Jan N. 1944-....

Bremmer, Jan N. (Jan Nicolaas), 1944-

Bremmer, Jan Nicolaas

Bremmer, Jan Nicolaas 1944-

Jan N. Bremmer Dutch theologian

Jan N. Bremmer historien de la religion néerlandais

Jan N. Bremmer Nederlands theoloog

Jan N. Bremmer niederländischer Althistoriker und Religionswissenschaftler

Jan N. Bremmer storico delle religioni olandese

Nicolaas Bremmer, Jan

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