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    The Orphic Hymns (Hardback) Translated by Apostolos N. Athanassakis, Translated by Benjamin M. Wolkow

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    DescriptionAt the very beginnings of the Archaic Age, the great singer Orpheus taught a new religion that centered around the immortality of the human soul and its journey after death. He felt that achieving purity by avoiding meat and refraining from committing harm further promoted the pursuit of a peaceful life. Elements of the worship of Dionysus, such as shape-shifting and ritualistic ecstasy, were fused with Orphic beliefs to produce a powerful and illuminating new religion that found expression in the mystery cults. Practitioners of this new religion composed a great body of poetry, much of which is translated in The Orphic Hymns. The hymns presented in this book were anonymously composed somewhere in Asia Minor, most likely in the middle of the third century AD. At this turbulent time, the Hellenic past was fighting for its survival, while the new Christian faith was spreading everywhere. The Orphic Hymns thus reflect a pious spirituality in the form of traditional literary conventions. The hymns themselves are devoted to specific divinities as well as to cosmic elements. Prefaced with offerings, strings of epithets invoke the various attributes of the divinity and prayers ask for peace and health to the initiate. Apostolos N. Athanassakis and Benjamin M. Wolkow have produced an accurate and elegant translation accompanied by rich commentary.


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    Title
    The Orphic Hymns
    Authors and contributors
    Translated by Apostolos N. Athanassakis, Translated by Benjamin M. Wolkow
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781421408811
    ISBN 10: 1421408813
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
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    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 90
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004190
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15770
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA
    DC22: 292.38
    BISAC V2.8: REL000000
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    DC23: 884.01
    LC classification: PA4259 .E5 2013
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    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DB, DSC
    Edition statement
    Critical ed.
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    09 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Apostolos N. Athanassakis is the Argyropoulos Chair in Hellenic Studies and a professor emeritus of classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the translator of several books, including Hesiod: Theogony, Works and Days, Shield and The Homeric Hymns, both published by Johns Hopkins. Benjamin M. Wolkow is a lecturer in the Classics Department of the University of Georgia.