Ancient Religious Texts and Intertextuality: Plato's and Plutarch's Myths of the Afterlife

Religion as Relation - Studying Religion in Context - Peter Berger

Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta [+-]
University of Groningen
Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta (Dr. litt. 1997; theol. 2004) is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen. He has published extensively on Plutarch of Chaeronea, Early Christian apocrypha, and the Nag Hammadi Library and Gnosticism. He is editor in Chief of Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies and of the Nag Hammadi Bibliography Online. His most recent publications are A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019), edited with D.F. Leão; and Plutarch’s Religious Landscapes (Leiden 2020), edited with R. Hirsch-Luipold.


The book is intended for undergraduate students in religious studies and anyone else interested in the study of religion. It differs from most other introductions and handbooks in that it draws on ongoing research to show ‘how’ researchers approach their topics, thus providing orientation in a multidisciplinary context without attempting to homogenize the field.  Religion is studied from a multitude of approaches and methodologies, also represented in this volume: history, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, psychology and the academic study of religion. The introduction therefore focuses on providing students with an overview of the issues that are at stake in choosing an approach to studying religion in a multidisciplinary context: how one can learn to recognize how scholars conceptualize and delineate the object of study, what theory is, to recognize on what level of analysis research may take place, and the ‘problem of belief’ in the study of religion. The author of each chapter discusses material from their own research to demonstrate the approach and methodology they apply to produce and analyse the material they work with. This allows students to orient themselves with regard to the various methodologies and perspectives that they can deploy to formulate and answer their own research questions. 

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Lanzillotta, Lautaro Roig . Ancient Religious Texts and Intertextuality: Plato's and Plutarch's Myths of the Afterlife. Religion as Relation - Studying Religion in Context. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2021. ISBN 9781800500709. Date accessed: 27 Feb 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42555. Oct 2021

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