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euhemerism

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euhemerism (yoo-HEE-muh-riz-uhm, -HEM-) noun

A theory attributing the origin of the gods to the deification of historical heroes.

[After Euhemerus, fourth-century B.C. Greek philosopher.]

"The Euhemerism of later scholiasts derived the name from a king Adrastos, who was said to have been the first to build a temple to Nemesis, and so the power thus worshipped was called after his name."
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound: Part II., Great Works of Literature, 1 Jan 1992.

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