A reconsideration of the Aphrodite-Ashtart syncretism

  title={A reconsideration of the Aphrodite-Ashtart syncretism},
  author={Stephanie Lynn Budin},
Summary Scholars have long recognized a one-to-one correspondence, or interpretatio syncretism, between the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the Phoenician goddess Ashtart (Astarte). The origin of this syncretism is usually attributed to the eastern origins of Aphrodite herself, whereby the Greek goddess evolved out of the Phoenician, as is suggested as early as the writings of Herodotos. In contrast to this understanding, I argue here that the perceived syncretism actually emerged differently on… Expand
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