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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.

Synopsis:

The foremost historian of Greek religion providers the first comprehensive, comparative study of a little-known aspect of ancient religious beliefs and practices.

About the Author

Walter Burkert is Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Zurich.

University of Zurich

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674033870
Author:
Burkert, Walter
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, MA :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Occult sciences and parapsychology
Subject:
Cults
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Mysteries, religious
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Subject:
HISTORY / Ancient/General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Carl Newell Jackson Lectures
Series Volume:
1375-1
Publication Date:
February 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 line illustrations, 10 halftones
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 9 oz

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