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The Fear of God: An Emotion and Its Contexts

By Angelos Chaniotis Published 2010

The Fear of God: An Emotion and Its Contexts | Angelos Chaniotis

In Greek religion, the encounter between mortals and gods was dominated by fear. The belief in the power of gods was based on experience and enhanced through rituals. Cult regulations, narratives of punitive miracles, confession inscriptions, and funerary curses allow us to study how the fear of god was constructed, justified, and aroused through narratives and rituals. Angelos Chaniotis, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, discusses how the public display and recitation of such inscriptions contributed to the construction and transmission of the concept of the divine in the Hellenized East.