Dionysus Myth and Cult

ISBN-10: 0253208912

ISBN-13: 9780253208910

Edition: 2nd 1965

Authors: Walter F. Otto, Robert B. Palmer

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ÒThis study of Dionysus . . . is also a new theogony of Early Greece.Ó ÑPublishers Weekly ÒAn original analysis . . . of the spiritual significance of the Greek myth and cult of Dionysus.Ó ÑTheology Digest ÒWho is Dionysus? The god of ecstasy and terror, of wildness and of the most blessed deliveranceÑthe mad god whose appearance sends mankind into madness. . . .Ó In this classic study of the myth and cult of Dionysus, Walter F. Otto recreates the theological world of ancient Greek religion. Otto's provocative starting point is to accept the immanent reality of the gods. To understand the cult of Dionysus, it is necessary to reimagine the original vision of the god. Otto challenges us to understand the power of this vision not as a bloodless abstraction but as a force animating belief, to see the myth and art of Dionysus as a passionate search to regain the power of the lost god.
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Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1965
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 10/22/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The Birthplace of the Cult of Dionysus
The Son of Zeus and Semele
The Myths of His Epiphany
The God Who Comes
The Symbol of the Mask
Pandemonium and Silence
The World Bewitched
The Somber Madness
Modern Theories
The Mad God
The Vine
Dionysus Revealed in Vegetative Nature
Dionysus and the Element of Moisture
Dionysus and the Women
The Fate of Dionysus
Dionysus and Apollo
Concluding Remarks on Tragedy
Plate 1. Maenads in ecstasy before Dionysus column
Plate 2. Maenads ladling out wine before Dionysus column
Plate 3. Maenads dancing at the festival of Dionysus
Plate 4. An altar to Semele and her sisters
Plate 5. Maenad dancing before Dionysus mask
Plate 6. Maenad with thyrsus and leopard cup
Plate 7. Hermes bringing new-born Dionysus to nymphs
Plate 8. The panther of Dionysus
Plate 9. A maenad dancing
Plate 10. Dionysus as seafarer. The Exekias cup
Plate 11. Dionysus in a ship with bow shaped like an ass's head
Plate 12. Dionysus and Ariadne accompanied by satyrs
Plate 13. Dionysus and a satyr
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