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    DescriptionThe 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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    Ancient Mystery Cults
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Walter Burkert
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 263 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674033870
    ISBN 10: 0674033876

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T General Subject: 690
    Abridged Dewey: 200
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15400
    LC classification: BL
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    BISAC V2.8: REL017000
    DC22: 291
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, REL114000
    DC19: 291.044
    Thema V1.0: QRS
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    2 line illustrations, 10 halftones
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    15 October 1989
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Walter Burkert is Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Zurich.
    Review quote
    Fascinating...The writing is clear and engaging...[Readers will] learn much about how ancient human beings attempted to find security and joy in a difficult world. They will be able to enter, at least partially, into very different minds and glimpse experiences of ecstasy and wonder that took place many centuries ago. -- Judith Amory Wilson Library Bulletin Widely recognized as our best scholar of ancient Greek religion...Burkert deals with the evidence directly, clearing away misconceptions and discussing problems of interpretation...Extremely valuable. The Key Reporter Walter Burkert's publication of his 1982 Jackson Lectures at Harvard University is another of his important contributions to our understanding of the religions of Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern cultures. Everything from his pen is welcome and an education...His knowledge of the sources is encyclopedic, his judgment in combining them original, illuminating, and persuasive...This study is bound to become a standard text in the history of religion and in the interpretation of individual experiences in antiquity...This slender but packed volume is another powerful document in intellectual history. -- Emily Vermeule American Historical Review The standard book on the subject , encyclopedic in nature, well structured, and readable, all that the interested student and scholar wants to know about ancient Greek polytheism. Classical World
    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