Ancient Mystery Cults
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.
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Review: Ancient Mystery CultsUser Review - Midori - Goodreads
Burkert's Mystery Cults scores low not because of its schematic treatment of the late antiquity mystery cults such as the mysteries of Meter, Isis or Mithra- the Eleusinian Mysteries are certainly the ... Read full review
Review: Ancient Mystery CultsUser Review - Morgan Lofting - Goodreads
burkert, detienne, vidal-naquet and company continue to feed my love of antiquity. good historians, compelling ideas. years ago, reading mary renault began my fascination with how we humans make up the world around us. Read full review
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