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Dionysos

Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life
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2
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Princeton University Press
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September, 1996
ISBN:
9780691029153
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In this work (translated from the German by Ralph Manheim and first published in 1976), the noted mythologist and historian of religion Carl Kerenyi presents a historical account of the religion of Dionysos from its beginnings in the Monoan culture down to its transition to a cosmic and cosmopolitan religion of late antiquity under the Roman Empire. From the wealth of Greek literary, epigraphic, and monumental traditions, Kerenyi constructs a picture of Dionysian worship; the secret cult scenes of the women’s mysteries both within and beyond Attica; the mystic sacrificial rite at Delphi; and the great public Dionysian festivals at Athens. The way in which the Athenian people received and assimilated tragedy in its immanent connection with Dionysos is seen as the greatest miracle in all cultural history. Tragedy and new Comedy are seen as high spiritual forms of the Dionysian religion, and the Dionysian element itself is seen as a chapter in the religious history of Europe.

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