A Response

Does a Cognitive Approach Challenge Prevailing Models of Greek Religion?


  • Jennifer Larson Kent State University




cognitive science of religion, Greek history



Author Biography

Jennifer Larson, Kent State University

Jennifer Larson is Professor of Classics at Kent State University in Ohio. In addition to ancient Mediterranean religions, her research interests include Greek poetry, Classical mythology and gender studies. She is the author of Greek Nymphs: Myth, Cult, Lore (Oxford University Press, 2001), Ancient Greek Cults: A Guide (Routledge, 2007), and Understanding Greek Religion: A Cognitive Approach (Routledge, 2016).


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How to Cite

Larson, J. (2018). A Response: Does a Cognitive Approach Challenge Prevailing Models of Greek Religion?. Journal of Cognitive Historiography, 4(1), 53–59. https://doi.org/10.1558/jch.36263



Book Review Symposium: Jennifer Larson's 'Understanding Greek Religion' (2016)

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