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Dionysos : Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World - Richard Seaford

Dionysos

Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

Paperback Published: 30th June 2006
ISBN: 9780415324885
Number Of Pages: 158

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Covering a wide range of issues which have been overlooked in the past, including mystery, cult and philosophy, Richard Seaford explores Dionysos - one of the most studied figures of the ancient Greek gods.


Popularly known as the god of wine and frenzied abandon, and an influential figure for theatre where drama originated as part of the cult of Dionysos, Seaford goes beyond the mundane and usual to explore the history and influence of this god as never before.


As a volume in the popular Gods and Heroes series, this is an indispensible introduction to the subject, and an excellent reference point for higher-level study.

"Innovative and original approach to one of the most complex divine figures; accessible to a general audience...all will profit from the fascinating ways in which Seaford relates the ancient Dionysiac cult to our contemporary experience" -Oxford Bibliographies Online

Series forewordp. ix
Illustrationsp. xiii
Why Dionysos?p. 1
Introducing Dionysosp. 3
Introduction: the unity of Dionysosp. 3
Why does Dionysos matter in the modern world?p. 4
Previous versions of Dionysosp. 6
Overviewp. 12
Key Themesp. 13
Naturep. 15
Introductionp. 15
Winep. 15
The Anthesteriap. 18
Vegetationp. 22
Animalsp. 23
Overviewp. 25
Communalityp. 26
Introductionp. 26
Dionysos in Homerp. 27
Dionysos and the polisp. 27
The return of Hephaistosp. 30
The thiasosp. 32
The tension between communalitiesp. 35
Communality and the autocratp. 36
Overviewp. 38
Epiphanyp. 39
Introductionp. 39
Ritual and crisisp. 40
The epiphanies in Euripides' Bacchaep. 41
Epiphany and societyp. 44
Public epiphany and intimate epiphanyp. 46
Overviewp. 48
Mystery-Cultp. 49
Introduction: what is mystery-cult?p. 49
The first four centuriesp. 51
Roman Italyp. 58
The Roman Empirep. 63
Festival and mysteryp. 70
Ritual, myth, and the next worldp. 72
Overviewp. 75
Deathp. 76
Introduction: mystery-cult and deathp. 76
Early evidencep. 76
Dionysos in the underworldp. 78
Dionysiac initiates in the underworldp. 81
Uniting this world with the nextp. 83
The death of Dionysosp. 84
Overviewp. 86
Theatrep. 87
Introductionp. 87
The genesis of dramap. 87
Drama about Dionysosp. 91
Is Athenian drama Dionysiac?p. 94
Dionysos and drama after the fifth century BCp. 98
Overviewp. 104
Psychology and Philosophyp. 105
Introductionp. 105
Psychological possessionp. 105
Philosophyp. 110
Dismemberment and the soulp. 111
Overviewp. 118
Christianityp. 120
Introductionp. 120
Dionysos and the Jewsp. 120
The New Testamentp. 122
Dionysos under Christianityp. 126
Overviewp. 130
Dionysos Afterwardsp. 131
After Antiquityp. 133
Introductionp. 133
Renaissance Italyp. 133
Nineteenth-century Germanyp. 138
Overviewp. 145
Dionysos and Money, Then and Nowp. 146
Further readingp. 152
Works citedp. 155
Indexp. 156
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ISBN: 9780415324885
ISBN-10: 0415324882
Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 158
Published: 30th June 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.81 x 13.16  x 0.86
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1