A theory attributing the origin of the gods to the deification of historical heroes.
Euhemerism is defined as the theory of the Greek writer Euhemerus that the Greek gods were created from real stories about humans and historical events.
An example of euhemerism is imagining that characteristics of Zeus are based on the actions of a real person.
The theory of the Greek writer Euhemerus (4th cent. b.c.) that the gods of mythology were deified human beings; theory that myths are based on traditional accounts of real people and events.
Origin of euhemerism
- After Euhemerus , fourth-century bc Greek philosopher
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition