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    DescriptionThis book examines one of the most intriguing figures in the religious life of the ancient Mediterranean world, the Phrygian Mother Goddess, known to the Greeks and Romans as Cybele or Magna Mater, the Great Mother. Her cult was particularly prominent in central Anatolia (modern Turkey), and spread from there through the Greek and Roman world. She was an enormously popular figure, attracting devotion from common people and potentates alike. This book is the first comprehensive assembly and discussion of the entire extant evidence concerning the worship of the Phrygian Mother Goddess, from her earliest appearance in the prehistoric record to the early centuries of the Roman Empire. Lynn E. Roller presents and analyzes literary, historiographic, and archaeological data with equal acuity and flair. While previous studies have tended to emphasize the more outrageous aspects of the Mother Goddess's cult, such as her orgiastic rituals and the eunuch priests who attended her, this book places a special focus on Cybele's position in Anatolia and the ways in which the identity of the goddess changed as her cult was transmitted to Greece and Rome. Roller gives a detailed account of the growth, spread, and evolution of her cult, her ceremonies, and her meaning for her adherents. This book will introduce students of Classical antiquity to many aspects of the Great Mother which have been previously unexamined, and will interest anyone who has ever been piqued by curiosity about the Mother Goddess of the ancient Western world.

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    In Search of God the Mother
    The Cult of Anatolian Cybele
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lynn E. Roller
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 908 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520210240
    ISBN 10: 0520210247

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T General Subject: 690
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    Libri: I-SO
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
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    B&T Approval Code: A17600000
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    DC21: 292.2114
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDA
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 291.2/114/093
    LC classification: BL820.C8 R65 1999
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    LC classification: 98-20627
    Thema V1.0: NHB, DSBB, NHC, NKD, QRS
    Illustrations note
    76 b/w photographs, 2 line drawings, 2 maps.
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    13 July 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Lynn E. Roller is Professor of Classics at the University of California, Davis. She is author of The Nonverbal Graffiti, Dipinti, and Stamps, Gordion Special Studies 1 (1987).
    Review quote
    "Roller's exceptionally fine book offers a different kind of narrative, one that is focused on the genealogy of a single deity. Her book is a carefully researched, well-organized, lucid, and astute 'biography' of the Phrygian Mother Goddess, better known as Cybele. . . . Roller has produced a textured and nuanced genealogy of ancient Cybele that should be essential reading for anyone interested in the intricate 'biography' of this deity."--Lauren E. Talalay, American Journal of Archaeology