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Hellenism and Hellenization

“Hellenism”, the noun for Greek idiom or spirit and “Hellenization”, the intransitive verb, are terms that are used so diversely in different contexts by different disciplines such that no substantive nor consistent meaning can be ascribed to the term’s content. Martin Hengel (1974, I:2) attributes the significance the term “Hellenism” now bears, to the work of…

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Philo of Alexandria: A Study in Social Identity

For those who want to learn more about Philo the best (and most current) Philonic resources are David Runia and Torrey Seland’s Philo page. Of course there are some superb older scholars such as Bury, Dodd, Momigliano and others that had the luxury of writing on a topic after 20 years of cogitating on a given theme/topic, the…