ἀποθέωσις : Apotheosis

This post is merely to clarify the use of the word “apotheosis” for Jimgroom, Scottlo, and anyone else who needs to know.

Apotheosis is a direct transliteration from the Greek ἀποθέωσις. The basic concept is one of elevating a human to a god-like status. “Deification” is a suitable synonym. I’ll leave it to the interested reader to search out more technical usages in theology, mythology, and literature.

In story-telling, it might prove useful to know that Joseph Campbell includes apotheosis in his monomyth sequence as the stage in the hero’s life after defeating a foe, when the hero experiences a god-like sense of consciousness, destiny, and power.

In art, Homer is sometimes honored. Here is Jean Auguste Dominque Ingres’ Apotheosis of Homer:
Original artwork in the Louvre, public domain; image in Wikipedia available for use under Gnu Free Documentation License.

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2 comments on “ἀποθέωσις : Apotheosis

  1. Jim Groom says:

    So, let me ask you, was my clarification of the term for scottlo inline with your definition? I think it was right on, and I think I am apotheosizing right now, as a result

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