In Search of God the Mother: The Cult of Anatolian Cybele / Edition 1

In Search of God the Mother: The Cult of Anatolian Cybele / Edition 1

by Lynn E. Roller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520210247

ISBN-13: 9780520210240

Pub. Date: 07/13/1999

Publisher: University of California Press


This book examines one of the most intriguing figures in the religious life of the ancient Mediterranean world, the Phrygian Mother Goddess, known to the Greeks and Romans as Cybele or Magna Mater, the Great Mother. Her cult was particularly prominent in central Anatolia (modern Turkey), and spread from there through the Greek and Roman world. She was an…  See more details below

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This book examines one of the most intriguing figures in the religious life of the ancient Mediterranean world, the Phrygian Mother Goddess, known to the Greeks and Romans as Cybele or Magna Mater, the Great Mother. Her cult was particularly prominent in central Anatolia (modern Turkey), and spread from there through the Greek and Roman world. She was an enormously popular figure, attracting devotion from common people and potentates alike. This book is the first comprehensive assembly and discussion of the entire extant evidence concerning the worship of the Phrygian Mother Goddess, from her earliest appearance in the prehistoric record to the early centuries of the Roman Empire.

Lynn E. Roller presents and analyzes literary, historiographic, and archaeological data with equal acuity and flair. While previous studies have tended to emphasize the more outrageous aspects of the Mother Goddess's cult, such as her orgiastic rituals and the eunuch priests who attended her, this book places a special focus on Cybele's position in Anatolia and the ways in which the identity of the goddess changed as her cult was transmitted to Greece and Rome. Roller gives a detailed account of the growth, spread, and evolution of her cult, her ceremonies, and her meaning for her adherents.

This book will introduce students of Classical antiquity to many aspects of the Great Mother which have been previously unexamined, and will interest anyone who has ever been piqued by curiosity about the Mother Goddess of the ancient Western world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520210240
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/13/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Prolegomenon to a Study of the Phrygian Mother Goddess9
Pt. 1The Mother Goddess in Anatolia
2The Evidence from Prehistory27
3The Bronze and Early Iron Ages41
4The Cult of the Mother Goddess in Phrygia63
Pt. 2The Mother Goddess in Greece
5The Early Cult119
6The Classical Period143
7The Hellenistic Period187
Pt. 3From Cult to Myth
8The Myth of Cybele and Attis237
Pt. 4The Roman Magna Mater
9The Arrival of the Magna Mater in Rome263
10The Republic and Early Empire287
11The Roman Goddess in Asia Minor327
Epilogue345
Bibliography347
Index367

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