Dionysus : Myth and Cult

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


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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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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • 22 Oct 1995
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 14 b&w photos
  • 0253208912
  • 9780253208910
  • 298,809

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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

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