Les métamorphoses animales des divinités dans la Méditerranée antique

Les métamorphoses animales des divinités dans la Méditerranée antique

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= Article =
 
A. PORTNOFF, « Les métamorphoses animales des divinités dans la Méditerranée antique », Res Antiquae 6, Bruxelles, 2009.
 
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Looking for the authenticity of the sacred one may find out that the first human’s gods could often take the animal form. Since the prehistoric times, human beings worshipped wild animals and represented them in art with care and precision. During the Antiquity, even the most anthropocentric streams of philosophy couldn’t impede the survival of these popular beliefs. Some peoples, like ancient Egyptians, developed a very sophisticated zoomorphic pantheon. Greece and Rome testified a high level of the animal symbolism in mythology and divination. As for the Asia Minor, according to the old traditions, the idea of the wild nature couldn’t be separated there from the perception of the realm of the gods. This paper gives an approach to some historical evidences of god’s metamorphoses into animals and tries to examine the origins of these beliefs in the ancient Mediterranean world.
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