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Book Title: Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life|
The author of the book: Karl Kerényi
Date of issue: October 6th 1996
ISBN 13: 9780691029153
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 27.13 MB
Edition: Princeton University Press
Read full description of the books Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life:No other god of the Greeks is as widely present in the monuments and nature of Greece and Italy, in the sensuous tradition of antiquity, as Dionysos. In myth and image, in visionary experience and ritual representation, the Greeks possessed a complete expression of indestructible life, the essence of Dionysos. In this work, the noted mythologist and historian of religion Carl Kerenyi presents a historical account of the religion of Dionysos from its beginnings in the Minoan culture down to its transition to a cosmic and cosmopolitan religion of late antiquity under the Roman Empire. From the wealth of Greek literary, epigraphic, and monumental traditions, Kerenyi constructs a picture of Dionysian worship, always underlining the constitutive element of myth.
Included in this study are the secret cult scenes of the women's mysteries both within and beyond Attica, the mystic sacrificial rite at Delphi, and the great public Dionysian festivals at Athens. The way in which the Athenian people received and assimilated tragedy in its immanent connection with Dionysos is seen as the greatest miracle in all cultural history. Tragedy and New Comedy are seen as high spiritual forms of the Dionysian religion, and the Dionysian element itself is seen as a chapter in the religious history of Europe.
Read information about the authorKároly (Carl, Karl) Kerényi was one of the founders of modern studies in Greek Mythology.
Karl Kerenyi is also published under the names Carl Kerenyi and Károly Kerényi.
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