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Mystery cults of the ancient world, Hugh Bowden

Label
Mystery cults of the ancient world
Title
Mystery cults of the ancient world
Statement of responsibility
Hugh Bowden
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This is the first book to describe and explain all of the ancient world's major mystery cults -- one of the most intriguing but least understood aspects of Greek and Roman religion. In the nocturnal Mysteries at Eleusis, participants dramatically re-enacted the story of Demeter's loss and recovery of her daughter Persephone; in the Bacchic cult, bands of women ran wild in the Greek countryside to honor Dionysus; and in the mysteries of Mithras, men came to understand the nature of the universe and their place within it through frightening initiation ceremonies and astrological teachings. These cults were an important part of life in the ancient Mediterranean world, but their actual practices were shrouded in secrecy, and many of their features have remained unclear until now. By richly illustrating the evidence from ancient art and archaeology, and drawing on enlightening new work in the anthropology and cognitive science of religion, Mystery Cults of the Ancient World allows readers to imagine as never before what it was like to take part in these ecstatic and life-changing religious rituals -- and what they meant to those who participated in them. Stunning images of Greek painted pottery, Roman frescoes, inscribed gold tablets from Greek and South Italian tombs, and excavated remains of religious sanctuaries help show what participants in these initiatory cults actually did and experienced. A fresh and accessible introduction to a fascinating subject, this is a book that will interest general readers, as well as students and scholars of classics and religion."--Jacket
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Dewey number
201/.3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BL610
LC item number
.B69 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Mystery cults of the ancient world, Hugh Bowden
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-248) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Mithras
  • The end of the mysteries
  • Encountering the sacred
  • The Eleusinian mysteries
  • The mysteries of the Kabeiroi and the great gods of Samothrace
  • Other mystery sanctuaries in the Greek world
  • The mother of the gods
  • Dionysus
  • Private initiation
  • Words written on gold
  • Isis
Control code
ocn466341396
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9780691146386
Lccn
2009938050
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)466341396
Label
Mystery cults of the ancient world, Hugh Bowden
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-248) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Mithras
  • The end of the mysteries
  • Encountering the sacred
  • The Eleusinian mysteries
  • The mysteries of the Kabeiroi and the great gods of Samothrace
  • Other mystery sanctuaries in the Greek world
  • The mother of the gods
  • Dionysus
  • Private initiation
  • Words written on gold
  • Isis
Control code
ocn466341396
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9780691146386
Lccn
2009938050
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)466341396

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