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

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Overview

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.

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'Its success lies in putting together a series of extremely interesting essays which represent the best introduction to their topic currently available.' - Antiquity
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415248730
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • 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
1 Mycenaean religion at Eleusis: the architecture and stratigraphy of Megaron B 1
2 Festival and Mysteries: aspects of the Eleusinian Cult 25
3 Stages of initiation in the Eleusinian and Samothracian Mysteries 50
4 "In the Sanctuary of the Samothracian Gods": myth, politics, and mystery cult at Ilion 79
5 Evolutions of a mystery cult: the Theban Kabiroi 112
6 Mystery cults in Arcadia 143
7 Trophonius of Lebadea: mystery aspects of an oracular cult in Boeotia 169
8 Landscapes of Dionysos and Elysian Fields 193
9 Orphic Mysteries and Dionysiac ritual 218
10 Lesser Mysteries - not less mysterious 241
11 Concluding remarks 263
Index 265
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