Ancient Mystery Cults
By (author) Walter Burkert
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Ancient Mystery Cults by Walter Burkert
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674033870
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1989
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Walter Burkert
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Uncovers deep connections between the strange nocturnal ritual, in which two virgin girls carried sacred offerings into a cave and later returned with something given to them there, and tribal puberty initiations by linking the festival with the myth of the daughters of Kekrops.
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Orientalizing Revolution, Paperback (October 1995)
The culture of the ancient Greeks has often been seen as owing practically nothing to its neighbours. This work argues against this view, and, focusing on the period between 750 and 650 BC, demonstrates that Eastern models significantly affected Greek literature and religion.
Greek Religion, Paperback (March 1987)» View all books by Walter Burkert
This synthesis of Greek religion aims to provide a structured survey for classical scholars and students, and provides an account of a polytheistic religious system. The text builds up a picture of the current state of knowledge about the religion of the Ancient Greeks.
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Author Biography - Walter Burkert
Walter Burkert is Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Zurich.
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