The Gods of Ancient Greece
Albert Henrichs, Greek Myth and Religion: Collected Papers II, Ed., Harvey Yunis, De Gruyter, 2019, Pp.i-xxxvi, 1-606, reviewed by DARRELL SUTTON
Albert Henrichs (1942-2017), Eliot Professor of Greek Literature at Harvard University, was unselfish with what he knew and over the decades he imparted his wisdom to his many pupils. He understood how powerful the positive and negative influences of religion were upon the shaping of the ancient vision. Individuals who were unable to attend his classes can now benefit from his tutelage at a distance. This volume of collected papers on Greek Myth and Religion, the second of four, encapsulates his extensive knowledge of these fields. Twenty-seven essays were selected for inclusion, all reflecting the highest standards of classical research and scholarship. Nine are in German, the remainder in English.
Owing to his erudite contribution to the study of The Cologne Mani Codex, with Ludwig Koenen, and to herculean efforts made toward the issuance of the fragments of Lollianus’ Phoinikika, he was considered a scholar of means before he reached his thirtieth birthday. A tenured academic position soon followed. Early in his career, his wide-ranging scholarly investigations led him in several directions simultaneously, one of which focused on papyrological issues. Through the ensuing years he expanded the range of his inquiries and his studies came to explore various facets of religious expression among ancient Greeks; but he also published on ancient Christian topics and reviewed modern works of biblical scholarship on ancient religious texts. Continue reading