Mother of the Gods: From Cybele to the Virgin Mary

Mother of the Gods: From Cybele to the Virgin Mary


By (author) Philippe Borgeaud, Translated by Lisa Hochroth

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  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 228mm x 22mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 26 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 080187985X
  • ISBN 13: 9780801879852
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 969,430

Product description

This important work by a major scholar of ancient religion traces the history of the Mother of the Gods, originally an Anatolian deity whose cult spread through the Hellenistic, Roman, and ultimately Christian worlds, through shifting cultural and historical contexts.

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Author information

Philippe Borgeaud is a professor of the history of religion at the University of Geneva and the author of several books, including The Cult of Pan in Ancient Greece.

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Borgeaud has read widely and chooses judiciously from among an array of pictorial and written remains to construct a series of striking images that reveal and unravel the amazingly complex paths taken by the goddess and her companions during a millennium of antiquity. Choice 2005 This slim book is packed with terrific material... Flashes of insight are something Borgeaud does well. He also asks big questions. Times Literary Supplement 2005 A carefully researched and... persuasively argued book that will be of interest to academic libraries and scholars in the field. -- Joseph Molleur Anglican Theological Review 2005 Fascinating narrative... combined with the visually-striking jacket cover illustration... entices the potential reader. -- Daniel Keating Henoch 2007