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    DescriptionNo other god of the Greeks is as widely present in the monuments and nature of Greece and Italy, in the sensuous tradition of antiquity, as Dionysos. In myth and image, in visionary experience and ritual representation, the Greeks possessed a complete expression of indestructible life, the essence of Dionysos. In this work, the noted mythologist and historian of religion Carl Kernyi presents a historical account of the religion of Dionysos from its beginnings in the Minoan 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, Kernyi constructs a picture of Dionysian worship, always underlining the constitutive element of myth. Included in this study are 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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    Title
    Dionysos
    Subtitle
    Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Carl Kerenyi, Translated by Ralph Manheim
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 476
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 857 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780691029153
    ISBN 10: 0691029156
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Abridged Dewey: 200
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15400
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    LC classification: BL
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A13283500
    DC22: 292
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR, 1QDAG
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC21: 292.36
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, NK, QRS
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    50 illus.
    Publisher
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    06 October 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review quote
    "A monumental work by one of this century's leading students of ancient religion... The book is lavishly produced... Should remain a standard item for some time to come."--Choice
    Back cover copy
    No other god of the Greeks is as widely present in the monuments and nature of Greece and Italy, in the sensuous tradition of antiquity, as Dionysos. In myth and image, in visionary experience and ritual representation, the Greeks possessed a complete expression of indestructible life, the essence of Dionysos. In this work the noted mythologist and historian of religion Carl Kerenyi presents an historical account of the religion of Dionysos from its beginnings in the Minoan 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, always underlining the constitutive element of myth. Included in this study are 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.
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations IILight and Honey IIIThe Cretan Core of the Dionysos Myth IVThe Myths of Arrival VDionysos Trieterikos, God of the Two-Year Period VIThe Dionysos of the Athenians and of His Worshipers in the Greek Mysteries Abbreviations List of Works Cited Index A Note on C. Kerenyi A Bibliography of C. Kerenyi