Myths, Martyrs, and Modernity

Studies in the History of Religions in Honour of Jan N. Bremmer


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 Bremmer’s research, the volume is divided into three parts, bringing together contributions from distinguished scholars in many fields. The result is a diverse book which provides a broad spectrum of original ideas and innovative approaches in the history of religions, thus reflecting the nature of the scholarship of Bremmer himself.
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Biographical Note

Jitse H.F. Dijkstra, PhD (2005) in Religious Studies, University of Groningen, is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Ottawa. His principal interest is the religious transformation of Late Antiquity, in particular in its Egyptian context.

Justin E.A. Kroesen, PhD (2003) in Religious Studies, University of Groningen, is Associate Professor of Christian Architecture and Iconography at the University of Groningen. He specialises in the architecture and furnishings of churches in the late Middle Ages and early modern period.

Yme B. Kuiper, PhD (1993) in History, University of Groningen, is Professor of Anthropology of Religion and Historical Anthropology at the University of Groningen. His main expertise is the history and anthropology of elites.

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Classicists will particularly enjoy this book, not only because half of the volume (19 studies) is dedicated to specific Greek and Roman topics, but also because most of the studies of the two other sections (12 on Judaism and Christianity, and 9 on religion in modernity) touch on general subjects and present a panorama of their topic intended to inform the non-expert reader. - Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui, Universidad Complutense de Madrid in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2011.02.30


All those interested in the history of religions, especially Greek and Roman religion and early Christianity, but also religion in Modernity, as well as classicists, biblical scholars, and anthropologists and historians of religion.


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