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    The Mysteries of Artemis of Ephesos: Cult, Polis, and Change in the Graeco-Roman World (Synkrisis) (Hardback) By (author) Guy MacLean Rogers

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    DescriptionArtemis of Ephesos was one of the most widely worshiped deities of the Greco-Roman world. Her temple, the Artemision, was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and for more than half a millennium people flocked to Ephesos to learn the great secret of the mysteries and sacrifices that were celebrated every year on her birthday. In this work Guy MacLean Rogers sets out the evidence for the celebration of Artemis' mysteries against the background of the remarkable urban development of the city during the Roman Empire and then proposes an entirely new theory about the great secret that was revealed to initiates into Artemis' mysteries. The revelation of that secret helps to explain not only the success of Artemis' cult and polytheism itself but, more surprisingly, the demise of both and the success of Christianity. Contrary to many anthropological and scientific theories, the history of polytheism, including the celebration of Artemis' mysteries, is best understood as a Darwinian tale of adaptation, competition, and change.

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    The Mysteries of Artemis of Ephesos
    Cult, Polis, and Change in the Graeco-Roman World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Guy MacLean Rogers
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 528
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 885 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300178630
    ISBN 10: 0300178638

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 06
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    Ingram Theme: CULT/TURKEY
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 36
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAG
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000, REL114000
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    DC23: 292.08
    DC22: 282.08093923, 282.080939/23
    LC classification: BL820.D5 R64 2012
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    Illustrations note
    2 colour images, 27 black-&-white illustrations + 11 maps
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    08 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Guy MacLean Rogers is Kemper Professor of History and Classics at Wellesley College. He is the author of The Sacred Identity of Ephesos: Foundation Myths of a Roman City, Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness, and Roots of the Western Tradition: A Short History of the Ancient World.
    Review quote
    This magisterial study of the complex evolution of one of Greek antiquity's most intriguing and long-lasting ritual traditions offers new insights into the attractions of ancient polytheism. Historians of religion, and of the Roman empire too, are greatly in Rogers' debt.--Greg Woolf, University of St. Andrews--Greg Woolf (07/23/2012)