Dionysus: Myth and Cult

Dionysus: Myth and Cult


By (author) Walter F. Otto, By (author) Robert Palmer

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 201mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 22 October 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253208912
  • ISBN 13: 9780253208910
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 14 b&w photos
  • Sales rank: 266,042

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oThis study of Dionysus ...is also a new theogony of Early Greece.O NPublishers Weekly oAn original analysis ...of the spiritual significance of the Greek myth and cult of Dionysus.O NTheology Digest oWho is Dionysus? The god of ecstasy and terror, of wildness and of the most blessed deliveranceNthe mad god whose appearance sends mankind into madness...O In this classic study of the myth and cult of Dionysus, Walter F. Otto recreates the theological world of ancient Greek religion. Otto's provocative starting point is to accept the immanent reality of the gods. To understand the cult of Dionysus, it is necessary to reimagine the original vision of the god. Otto challenges us to understand the power of this vision not as a bloodless abstraction but as a force animating belief, to see the myth and art of Dionysus as a passionate search to regain the power of the lost god.

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Author information

WALTER F. OTTO (1874 1958) was a distinguished philologist and historian of Greek and Roman religion. ROBERT B. PALMER (1919 1977) was Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures at Scripps College. He was translator and editor of Karl Strecker"s Introduction to Medieval Latin and author of numerous scholarly essays. He was also a contributor to the New Catholic Encyclopedia."

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"This study of Dionysus ... is also a new theogony of Early Greece." Publishers Weekly "An original analysis ... of the spiritual significance of the Greek myth and cult of Dionysus." - Theology Digest

Table of contents

Introduction, by Robert B. Palmer Foreword, by Walter F. Otto I. Myth and Cultus II. Dionysus 1. Preface 2. The Birthplace of the Cult of Dionysus 3. The Son of Zeus and Semele 4. The Myths of His Epiphany 5. The God Who Comes 6. The Symbol of the Mask 7. Pandemonium and Silence 8. The World Bewitched 9. The Somber Madness 10. Modern Theories 11. The Mad God 12. The Vine 13. Dionysus Revealed in Vegative Nature 14. Dionysus and the Element of Nature 15. Dionysus and the Women 16. Ariadne 17. The Fate of Dionysus 18. Dionysus and Apollo 19. Concluding Remarks on Tragedy Notes Index