Ancient Mystery Cults

Ancient Mystery Cults

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by Walter Burkert
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674033876

ISBN-13: 9780674033870

Pub. Date: 08/02/2008

Publisher: Harvard


The foremost historian of Greek religion provides the first comprehensive, comparative study of a little-known aspect of ancient religious beliefs and practices. Secret mystery cults flourished within the larger culture of the public religion of Greece and Rome for roughly a thousand years. This book is neither a history nor a survey but a comparative

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The foremost historian of Greek religion provides the first comprehensive, comparative study of a little-known aspect of ancient religious beliefs and practices. Secret mystery cults flourished within the larger culture of the public religion of Greece and Rome for roughly a thousand years. This book is neither a history nor a survey but a comparative phenomenology. Concentrating on five major cults. In defining the mysteries and describing their rituals, membership, organization, and dissemination, Walter Burkert displays the remarkable erudition we have come to expect of him; he also shows sensitivity and sympathy in interpreting the experiences and motivations of the devotees.

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ISBN-13:
9780674033870
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
08/02/2008
Series:
Carl Newell Jackson Lectures Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Personal Needs in This Life and after Death

2. Organization and Identities

3. Theologia and Mysteries: Myth, Allegory, and Platonism

4. The Extraordinary Experience

Abbreviations

Bibliography

Notes

Index of Greek Terms

General Index

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Burkert has successfully comprised a text that is intellectually demanding, and is directed towards people who are serious about the acquisition and learning process of ancient cults and the mystery and secrets behind them. I felt this particular text was a somewhat difficult read, but was well worth the time spent in reading it. I would highly recommend this text to anyone, especially those individuals interested in classical mythology and history.