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A Different God? Dionysos and Ancient Polytheism by Renate Schlesier PDF

By Renate Schlesier

ISBN-10: 3110222345

ISBN-13: 9783110222340

Within sleek frameworks of data and illustration, Dionysos usually seems to be strange for old tradition, an exception in the context of historical polytheism, or perhaps an example of a distinction that anticipates modernism. How can fresh examine give a contribution to a extra specified realizing of the varied variations of the traditional god, from Greek antiquity to the Roman Empire? during this quantity, that's the results of a world convention held in March 2009 on the Pergamon Museum Berlin, students from all branches of classical stories, together with background of scholarship, think about this question. hence, this results in a brand new glance on vase work, sanctuaries, rituals and religious-political associations like theatre, and contains new readings of the texts of historical poets, historians and philosophers, in addition to of papyri and inscriptions. it's the variety of resources or equipment and the problem of former perspectives that's the power of this quantity, supplying a complete, cutting edge and richly faceted account of different god in an unparalleled way."

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45 Theirs was a chameleonic nature, with different aspects or indeed identities rising to prominence and fading into the background in alternation according to their momentary registrations in the believer’s various layers of perception. ” Mikalson in this first chapter, independently from my own research, briefly formulates his view on problems of divine identities on which he made occasional notes in earlier works and on which I very much agree. Cf. Auffarth (1994a) 19: “Die Götter [in contradistinction to locally determined heroes, HSV] dagegen gibt es in fast jedem Ort.

Can they have been so confused as to have dozens of different gods with the same names? In order to show that the issue is not as far-fetched as it may seem at first sight, let us cast a glance at contemporary de facto polytheism in the Andrew Ford was kind enough to check the English of the first version of this paper, while Jenny and Andy Simanowitz subjected the final text to a severe editing process. I am deeply grateful to all of them. 1 And he is not the only one. Callimachos, for instance, Hymn to Zeus 6 – 7 preceded him.

Also Hdt. 92 – 93). What differed was the precise articulation of the cult, its history, its particular modalities, which aspect of each deity each city chose to emphasize”. What I wish to (re-)consider in what follows concerns two elements of this statement, viz. “of course” and “were perceived”. ” (Hdt. 92 – 93, by the way, is far from proving her point). 20 Even those who admit the problem and accept a basic differentiation between various homonymous gods with different epithets always hasten to add that ‘essentially’ they remain one and the same god.

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