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Poetry as Initiation : The Center for Hellenic Studies Symposium on the Derveni Papyrus

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The Derveni Papyrus is the oldest known European "book." It was meant to accompany the cremated body in Derveni Tomb A but, by a stroke of luck, did not burn completely. Considered the most important discovery for Greek philology in the twentieth century, the papyrus was found accidentally in 1962 during a public works project in an uninhabited place about 10 km from Thessaloniki, and it is now preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. The papers in "Poetry as Initiation" discuss a number of open questions: Who was the author of the papyrus? What is the date of the text? What is the significance of burying a book with a corpse? What was the context of the peculiar chthonic ritual described in the text? Who were its performers? What is the relationship of the author and the ritual to the so-called Orphic texts?

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  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • 09 May 2014
  • Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • 0674726766
  • 9780674726765
  • 759,948

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