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    Myths of the Underworld Journey: Plato, Aristophanes, and the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets (Paperback) By (author) Radcliffe G. Edmonds

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    DescriptionThis book was first published in 2004. Plato, Aristophanes and the creators of the 'Orphic' gold tablets employ the traditional tale of a journey to the realm of the dead to redefine, within the mythic narrative, the boundaries of their societies. Rather than being the relics of a faded ritual tradition or the products of Orphic influence, these myths can only reveal their meanings through a close analysis of the specific ways in which each author makes use of the tradition. For these authors, myth is an agonistic discourse, neither a kind of sacred dogma nor a mere literary diversion, but rather a flexible tool that serves the wide variety of uses to which it is put. The traditional tale of the journey to the Underworld in Greek mythology is neither simple nor single, but each telling reveals a perspective on the cosmos, a reflection of the order of this world through the image of the other.

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    Myths of the Underworld Journey
    Plato, Aristophanes, and the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Radcliffe G. Edmonds
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 292
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    ISBN 13: 9781107407305
    ISBN 10: 1107407303

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: HPCA
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC subject category V2: HR
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    DC22: 292.13
    Abridged Dewey: 900
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    DC23: 292.13
    Thema V1.0: QDHA
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    13 September 2012
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    Review quote
    Review of the hardback: 'Edmonds is a lively and intelligent guide to the many forks and detours on the journey. ... anyone with an interest in Greek eschatology will find it a stimulating book.' JACT Review of the hardback: '... provides solid, interesting, and helpful insights'. Bryn Mawr Classical Review Review of the hardback: 'This is an enterprising, enjoyable, and scholarly book ... Edmonds' extensive treatment of the gold funerary lamellae should help to make those puzzling but fascinating texts better known, and his discussions of both the Frogs and the Phaedo deserve close attention from anyone seriously interested in those very different yet mythologically related works. Edmonds' arguments are always informative and thought-provoking, even where they prompt disagreement.' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Review of the hardback: '... stimulating ... Edmond's approach leads to some intriguing discussion, and he does show how careful attention to the way the elements of a traditional tale are reworked in each telling can uncover hidden complexities.' Journal of Hellenic Studies Review of the hardback: '... convincingly analyses how extensively Plato in the Phaedo redefines the ritual purity of the mysteries and funeral rites and traditional elements in mortuary journeys ... The fascination for the reader in this analysis, as in Edmond's earlier ones, will be found in the details.' Raymond J. Clark, University of Ottowa
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction: the start of the journey; 2. Roadmaps of deviance: the 'Orphic' gold tablets; 3. Descent into the depths of comedy: The Frogs of Aristophanes; 4. The upward path of philosophy: the myth in Plato's Phaedo; 5. Conclusions: the end of the road.