On Finding Common Ground

A (Very Brief) Reflection on a So What? Question


  • Nickolas P. Roubekas University of Vienna




Classification, Theory, ancient religions, postmodernism


This is a brief reply to Sarah Rollens' piece.

Author Biography

Nickolas P. Roubekas, University of Vienna

Nickolas P. Roubekas is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. Previously he held a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of South Africa as a member of the research project ‘Redescribing Graeco-Roman Antiquity,’ a teaching fellowship at the University of Aberdeen, U.K., and a research fellowship at the North-West University, South Africa. He has published articles and book reviews in various journals and is the author of Αναζητώντας τους Θεούς: Θρησκεία, Μύθος, Ουτοπία στον Ευήμερο τον Μεσσήνιο (Vanias, 2011) and An Ancient Theory of Religion: Euhemerism from Antiquity to the Present (Routledge, 2017). His research focuses on the Graeco-Roman world, method and theory in the study of religion, and the disciplinary intersection of Religious Studies, Classics, and Ancient History.


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How to Cite

Roubekas, N. (2018). On Finding Common Ground: A (Very Brief) Reflection on a So What? Question. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 47(2), 10–11. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.36868