Instructions for the Netherworld: The Orphic Gold Tablets

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BRILL, 2008 - Religion - 379 pages
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Orphic gold tables are key documents for the knowledge of rites and beliefs of Orphics, an atypical group that configured a highly original creed and that influenced powerfully over other Greek writers and thinkers. The recent discovery of some tablets has forced a noteworthy modification of some points of view and a review ofthe different hypothesis proposed about them. The book presents a complete edition of the texts, their translation and some fundamental keys for their interpretation, in an attempt at updating our current knowledge on Orphic ideas about the soul and the Afterlife stated in those texts. The work is improved with an appendix of iconographic annotations in which some plastic representations in drawings are reproduced related to the universe of tablets, selected and commented on by Ricardo Olmos.
  

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Contents

Chapter One Arrival in the Subterranean World The Tablets
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The Tablets from
61
Chapter Three Best Wishes for Accompanying the Soul
95
Chapter Five A Tablet in Imperial Rome L 11
133
Chapter Seven Passwords to Accede to the Meadow of
151
Chapter Eight Other Tablets L 1416
161
Chapter Nine The Souls Final Destiny Results
169
Are the Gold Leaves
179
Chapter Eleven Parallels to the Tablets in Other Cultures
207
Characteristics Models
227
Edition of the Tablets
241
Iconographical Notes on the Orphic
273
Bibliography
327
Index Locorum
347
General Index
360
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Alberto Bernabé, Ph. D. (1973) in Classical Philology, University Complutense, Madrid, is Professor of Ancient Greek at the same University. He has published extensively on Orphic Texts including the edition of the Orphic Testimonies and Fragments in the Bibliotheca Teubneriana (2004-2005).Ana Isabel Jiménez San Cristóbal, Ph. D. (2002) in Classical Philology, University Complutense, Madrid, is Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek at the same University. She has published extensively on Orphic Texts including her Ph. D. and published Rituales órficos (Universidad Complutense, 2002).

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