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Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World

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Book Series: Münchner Vorlesungen zu Antiken Welten ISSN: 2198-9664 ISBN: 9783110299557 9783110376999 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: vi, 256 DOI: 10.1515/9783110299557 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History --- Religion
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The ancient Mysteries have long attracted the interest of scholars, an interest that goes back at least to the time of the Reformation. After a period of interest around the turn of the twentieth century, recent decades have seen an important study of Walter Burkert (1987). Yet his thematic approach makes it hard to see how the actual initiation into the Mysteries took place. To do precisely that is the aim of this book.It gives a ‘thick description’ of the major Mysteries, not only of the famous Eleusinian Mysteries, but also those located at the interface of Greece and Anatolia: the Mysteries of Samothrace, Imbros and Lemnos as well as those of the Corybants. It then proceeds to look at the Orphic-Bacchic Mysteries, which have become increasingly better understood due to the many discoveries of new texts in the recent times. Having looked at classical Greece we move on to the Roman Empire, where we study not only the lesser Mysteries, which we know especially from Pausanias, but also the new ones of Isis and Mithras. We conclude our book with a discussion of the possible influence of the Mysteries on emerging Christianity.Its detailed references and up-to-date bibliography will make this book indispensable for any scholar interested in the Mysteries and ancient religion, but also for those scholars who work on initiation or esoteric rituals, which were often inspired by the ancient Mysteries.

Rhetoric and Drama

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ISBN: 9783110484663 Year: Pages: x, 244 DOI: 10.1515/9783110484663 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Performing Arts --- Linguistics
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Proving fruitful in various applications throughout its two millennia of predominance, the rhetorical téchne appears to have entertained a particularly symbiotic interrelation with drama. With contributions from (among others) a Classicist, historical, linguistic, musicological, operatic, cultural and literary studies perspective, this publication offers interdisciplinary assessments of specific reciprocities between the system of rhetoric and dramatic works: tracing the longue durée of this nexus—highlighting its Ancient foundations, its various Early Modern formations, as well as certain configurations enduring to this day—enables describing shifting degrees of rhetoricity; approaching it from an interdisciplinary viewpoint facilitates focusing on the often sidelined rhetorical phenomena located beyond the textual plane, specifically memoria and actio; tackling this interchange from various viewpoints and with diverse emphases, a long-lasting and highly prolific cross-fertilization between drama and rhetoric is rendered visible. In tendering a balanced panorama of both detailed case studies and descriptive overviews, this volume also points toward terrain yet to be charted in the scholarship to come.

Materialität und Präsenz spätantiker Inschriften

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISBN: 9783110633566 9783110633825 9783110633276 Year: Volume: 25 Pages: 430 DOI: 10.1515/9783110633825 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Archaeology --- History --- Languages and Literatures
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That inscriptions are not only texts but also material objects of specific materiality and presence is one of the recent central insights of ancient epigraphy. This understanding is applied here for the first time systematically, across different regions and over an entire epoch, by examining the change in the inscriptions culture in late antiquity with a view of the Italian peninsula.

L’historiographie tardo-antique et la transmission des savoirs

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ISBN: 9783110409239 9783110406931 9783110409314 Year: Pages: 392 DOI: 10.1515/9783110409239 Language: French
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council
Subject: History
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This volume focuses on the role played by historiography in the selection, processing and transmission of knowledge in Late Antiquity. In particular, the transmission of documents (civil and ecclesiastical, authentic and apocryphal) is studied, the impact of differences in genre, as well as how historical, anthropological, ethnographic, astronomical, and medical notions are reshaped in new cultural traditions.

Monarchische Herrschaft im Altertum

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Book Series: Schriften des Historischen Kollegs ISSN: 21901392 ISBN: 9783110463859 Year: Volume: 94 Pages: 685 DOI: 10.1515/9783110463859 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
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Monarchical rule was omnipresent in the ancient world, but until now, there has been no comparative study of the phenomenon across epochs and cultures. The volume fills this gap, examining autarchy in the ancient Near East, across Greco-Roman antiquity, and up to the early Middle Ages. It includes a comparison with ancient China, and an essay from the perspective of reception history.

Writing Matters. Presenting and Perceiving Monumental Inscriptions in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 2198-6940 ISBN: 9783110534597 9783110533361 Year: Volume: 14 Pages: viii, 396 DOI: 10.1515/9783110534597 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History
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This edited volume includes a compilation of new approaches to the investigation of inscriptions from different cultural contexts. Innovative research questions about "material text cultures" are examined with reference to Classical Athens, late ancient and Byzantine churches and urban spaces, Hellenistic and Roman cities, and medieval buildings.

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