Greek Mysteries: The Archaelogy and Ritual of Ancient Greek Secret Cults

Greek Mysteries: The Archaelogy and Ritual of Ancient Greek Secret Cults

by Michael B. Cosmopoulos
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415248736

ISBN-13: 9780415248730

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Written by an international team of acknowledged experts, this excellent book studies a wide range of contributions and showcases new research on the archaeology, ritual and history of Greek mystery cults.

With a lack of written evidence that exists for the mysteries, archaeology has proved central to explaining their significance and this volume is key to

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Written by an international team of acknowledged experts, this excellent book studies a wide range of contributions and showcases new research on the archaeology, ritual and history of Greek mystery cults.

With a lack of written evidence that exists for the mysteries, archaeology has proved central to explaining their significance and this volume is key to understanding a phenomenon central to Greek religion and society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415248730
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Preface
Note on abbreviations and transliteration
1Mycenaean religion at Eleusis: the architecture and stratigraphy of Megaron B1
2Festival and Mysteries: aspects of the Eleusinian Cult25
3Stages of initiation in the Eleusinian and Samothracian Mysteries50
4"In the Sanctuary of the Samothracian Gods": myth, politics, and mystery cult at Ilion79
5Evolutions of a mystery cult: the Theban Kabiroi112
6Mystery cults in Arcadia143
7Trophonius of Lebadea: mystery aspects of an oracular cult in Boeotia169
8Landscapes of Dionysos and Elysian Fields193
9Orphic Mysteries and Dionysiac ritual218
10Lesser Mysteries - not less mysterious241
11Concluding remarks263
Index265

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