`What this book demonstrates ... is the plain absurdity of equating paganism with polytheism. ... It will henceforth be the fundamental study of this difficult but fascinating subject.' Times Literary Supplement
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Chosen by George Steiner as his best book of 2000 in the Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Michael Frede, who died in 2007, held positions successively in the departments of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, Princeton University, and Oxford University, where he held the Chair of the History of Philosophy. In 1997-1998, he was Sather Professor of Classical Literature at UC Berkeley, where he delivered the lectures that make up this volume. A. A. Long is Professor of Classics, Irving Stone Professor of Literature, and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of "Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life" and "From Epicurus to Epictetus: Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy". David Sedley is Lawrence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and the author of "Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity" (UC Press).