Ancient Mystery Cults

Ancient Mystery Cults

Description

The foremost historian of Greek religion provides the first comprehensive, comparative study of a little-known aspect of ancient religious beliefs and practices. Secret mystery cults flourished within the larger culture of the public religion of Greece and Rome for roughly a thousand years. This book is neither a history nor a survey but a comparative phenomenology, concentrating on five major cults. In defining the mysteries and describing their rituals, membership, organization, and dissemination, Walter Burkert displays the remarkable erudition we have come to expect of him; he also shows great sensitivity and sympathy in interpreting the experiences and motivations of the devotees.


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Details

Author(s)
Walter Burkert
Format
Paperback | 192 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 13.97mm | 263g
Publication date
15 Oct 1989
Publisher
HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, Mass, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Revised ed.
Illustrations note
2 line illustrations, 10 halftones
ISBN10
0674033876
ISBN13
9780674033870
Bestsellers rank
69,559