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    DescriptionFascinating texts written on small gold tablets that were deposited in graves provide a unique source of information about what some Greeks and Romans believed regarding the fate that awaited them after death, and how they could influence it. These texts, dating from the late fifth century BCE to the second century CE, have been part of the scholarly debate on ancient afterlife beliefs since the end of the nineteenth century. Recent finds and analysis of the texts have reshaped our understanding of their purpose and of the perceived afterlife. The tablets belonged to those who had been initiated into the mysteries of Dionysus Bacchius and relied heavily upon myths narrated in poems ascribed to the mythical singer Orpheus. After providing the Greek text and a translation of all the available tablets, the authors analyze their role in the mysteries of Dionysus, and present an outline of the myths concerning the origins of humanity and of the sacred texts that the Greeks ascribed to Orpheus. Related ancient texts are also appended in English translations. Providing the first book-length edition and discussion of these enigmatic texts in English, and their first English translation, this book is essential to the study of ancient Greek religion.

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    Ritual Texts for the Afterlife
    Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Fritz Graf, By (author) Sarah Iles Johnston
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 246
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 432 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415415507
    ISBN 10: 0415415500

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 590
    BISAC V2.8: OCC027000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: RL
    Libri: I-RL
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15530
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    DC22: 292.8/5
    LC classification: BL790 .G73 2007
    DC22: 292.8, 292.85
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    Thema V1.0: NK, QRAX, NHC
    Illustrations note
    b/w illus
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    29 July 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Ohio State University, USA
    Review quote
    'A generous range of subject material is covered, the argument is detailed and thorough, the authors' scholarship enables them to tackle a variety of issues... exemplary clarity and precision... a work teeming with good ideas, clear, and well structured.' - Bryn Mawr Classical Review 'Graf and Johnston have put togetheran exciting study, one that will illuminate the shadowy darkness, not just for the initiate, but also for the uninitiated venturing for the first time into the world of the Bacchic gold tablets.' - Bryn Mawr Classical Review
    Table of contents
    1. Edition and Translation 2. A History of Scholarship on the Tablets 3. The myth of Dionysus 4. The Eschatology Behind the Tablets 5. Bacchic Mystery Cults and the Tablets 6. Orpheus, His poetry, and Sacred Texts