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Intimations of Christianity Among the Ancient Greeks

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Simone Weil (1909–1943) is one of the most brilliant and unorthodox religious and philosophical minds of the twentieth century. She was also a political activist, worked in the Renault car factory in France in the 1930s and fought briefly as an anarchist in the Spanish Civil War, before her tragic early death in England at the age of thirty-four. Her work spans an astonishing variety of subjects, from ancient Greek philosophy and Christianity to oppression, political freedom and French national identity.


Intimations of Christianity Among the Ancient Greeks sees Weil apply her unique and piercing intellect to early Greek thought, where she finds fundamental precursors to Christian religious ideas. She argues, provocatively, that concepts fundamental to Christianity such as incarnation, redemption, suffering and resurrection are Greek as well as Christian and that there is much we can learn, spiritually and philosophically, from their entwinement.


This Routledge Classics edition includes a new Foreword by Christopher Hamilton.

Author: Weil Simone
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
Pages: 228
ISBN: 9781032533995
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2023

Foreword to the Routledge Classics Edition Christopher Hamilton

1.God's Quest for Man

2. The Laments of Electra and the Recognition of Orestes

3. Antigone

4. The Iliad, Poem of Might

5. Zeus and Prometheus

6. Prometheus

7. God in Plato

8. Divine Love in Creation

9. The Symposium of Plato

10. The Republic

11. The Pythagorean Doctrine

12. A Sketch of a History of Greek Science.


Simone Weil (1909-43) was a French philosopher and mystic. Most of her works, published posthumously, consist of some notebooks and a collection of religious essays. They include, in English, Waiting for God (1951), Gravity and Grace (1952), The Need for Roots (1952), Notebooks (2 vol., 1956), Oppression and Liberty (1958), and Selected Essays, 1934-1943 (1962).

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