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Anthropomorphism, a term that first appears in the mid-18th century, comes from ἄνθρωπος/anthrōpos, “human being,” and μορφή/morphē, “form.” It is the attribution of human forms or traits to whatever is not a human being, for example an animal, an object, and especially a divinity. Anthropomorphisms ascribed to animals are typical of traditional fables that feature animals able to think and talk like humans. Examples in the classical world can be found in the Gree…

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Ramelli, Ilaria L.E., “Anthropomorphism”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 20 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180921

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