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Many modern theories about the meaning and origin of ancient Greek sacrifice were actually already developed in the late 19th century. In this open lecture, Professor Jan Bremmer proceeds from this general observation in order to further scrutinize the idea that sacrificial killing developed from the hunt. Special attention will be paid to sacrificial practices in the last centuries of the Roman Empire.

Om Jan Bremmer

Jan Bremmer. Foto: Erik af Edholm.
Jan Bremmer. Foto: Erik af Edholm.

Jan N. Bremmer was born in 1944 in Groningen in the North of the Netherlands. In 1979 he received his PhD from the Free University with his dissertation The Early Greek Conception of the Soul, which was published in 1983 by the Princeton University Press. His Greek Religion (1994) has been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish and French. In 1990, he was appointed to the Chair of Religious Studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen, where he was dean of the Faculty for nearly 10 years (1996–2005). He retired at the end of 2009.

Bremmer specialises in Greek, Roman, early Christian and contemporary religion and the historiography of ancient religion. His publications range from Greek and Roman Mythology and religion, the apocryphal traditions about Jesus’ apostles, life after death, ancient humor and magic to modern secularisation and contemporary New Age.

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