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 (yo͞o-hē′mə-rĭz′əm, -hĕm′ə-)
A theory attributing the origin of the gods to the deification of historical heroes.

[After Euhemerus, fourth-century bc Greek philosopher.]

eu·he′mer·ist n.
eu·he′mer·is′tic adj.
eu·he′mer·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
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Anthropologists tend to be wary of interpreting myths in euhemerist style, that is, as distorted historical records.
Newton also adopted the Euhemerist conviction, common in his day, which allowed ancient deities and myths to be correlated with Biblical personalities and events.
As Sanchez Aguilar explains (see note 3 above, 17-18), there was a close genealogical connection between moral and euhemerist allegory.
His interest, however, is not with the problem, per se, but with the circumstances under which there came to be a "monkey problem." This is a fascinating discussion on the construction of hierarchy and empire, fueled by euhemerist readings of the Sanskrit epics and the emergence of Darwin's theory of evolution.
Duffy instead offers a portrait of the young and old artist alike as a curious but consistent kind of euhemerist enthusiast, as a vigorous humanizer and demystifier of the experience of sublimity.
Or what about the historians who will consider the euhemerist trap--that of seeking a literal and local origin for imaginative stories?
Prometheus was known in antiquity as a potter, and a patron of potters, and under the influence of 'euhemerist' interpretation--Euhemerus was a late fourth century BC Greek mythographer who became well known for his rational explanations of myth as being based in historical fact--Prometheus became associated with statuary (the creator of a lifeless human figure out of earth, as opposed to the creator of living humanity).