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Ancient Mystery Cults

Author: Walter Burkert
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674033870
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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 sensitivity and sympathy in interpreting the experiences and motivations of the devotees.


Author: Greg Woolf
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 3608107967
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Rom hat die Welt unterworfen und sie zivilisatorisch und politisch geeint. Souverän und stilistisch bravourös schildert Greg Woolf, wie es gelang, diesen bis heute einzigen Weltstaat der Geschichte zu sichern und ihm Dauer zu verleihen: ein packender Parcours durch 1500 Jahre Weltgeschichte- das neue Standardwerk. Triumph und Leistungen einer Weltmacht: Greg Woolf, einer der international renommiertesten Historiker für das antike Rom, betrachtet die Geschichte der römischen Republik und Kaiserzeit als Einheit. Dadurch lässt er ganz Europa und die Mittelmeerwelt vor unseren Augen lebendig werden. Alle wichtigen Facetten der römischen Zivilisation kommen zur Sprache. Der Autor zeigt, wie das Römische Reich funktionierte, und stellt es in den Zusammenhang anderer Reiche von China bis Peru. Allerneueste archäologische und historische Erkenntnisse lassen den weltgeschichtlich einzigartigen Erfolg Roms in einem neuen Licht erscheinen. Nicht zuletzt geht es um die alles bedeutende Frage: Warum konnte gerade Rom unter allen uns bekannten Imperien so lange überdauern und eine derart unvergleichliche Wirkung ausüben – bis zum heutigen Tag?

Relighting The Souls

Author: Frederick E. Brenk
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
ISBN: 9783515071581
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In the last ten years, there has been an enormous awakening of interest in Plutarch. This collection contains many stimulating and important articles from the Plutarch renaissance, especially on the interaction between divine and human worlds, and on expectations in the next life. But treated here are also a number of other challenging topics in classical Greek literature. Among them are the Near Eastern background of early Greek myth and literature, the decisive speech of Achilleus' mentor, Phoenix, in the Iliad, divine assimilations and ruler cult, the language of Menander's young men, the vision of God in Middle Platonism, blessed afterlife in the mysteries, Greek epiphanies and the Acts of the Apostles, and the revolt at Jerusalem against Antiochos Epiphanes in the light of similar cities under Hellenistic rule. Another book of Frederick E. Brenk: Clothed in Purple Light.

Jefferson S Demons

Author: Michael Knox Beran
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439138151
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"I have often wondered for what good end the sensations of Grief could be intended." -- Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson suffered during his life from periodic bouts of dejection and despair, shadowed intervals during which he was full of "gloomy forebodings" about what lay ahead. Not long before he composed the Declaration of Independence, the young Jefferson lay for six weeks in idleness and ill health at Monticello, paralyzed by a mysterious "malady." Similar lapses were to recur during anxious periods in his life, often accompanied by violent headaches. In Jefferson's Demons, Michael Knox Beran illuminates an optimistic man's darker side -- Jefferson as we have rarely seen him before. The worst of these moments came after his wife died in 1782. But two years later, after being dispatched to Europe, Jefferson recovered nerve and spirit in the salons of Paris, where he fell in love with a beautiful young artist, Maria Cosway. When their affair ended, Jefferson's health again broke down. He set out for the palms and temples of southern Europe, and though he did not know where the therapeutic journey would take him or where it would end, his encounter with the old civilizations of the Mediterranean was transformative. The Greeks and Romans taught him that a man could make productive use of his demons. Jefferson's immersion in the mystic truths of the Old World gave him insights into mysteries of life and art that Enlightenment philosophy had failed to supply. Beran skillfully shows how Jefferson drew on the esoteric lore he encountered to transform anxiety into action. On his return to America, Jefferson entered the most productive period of his life: He created a new political party, was elected president, and doubled the size of the country. His private labors were no less momentous...among them, the artistry of Monticello and the University of Virginia. Jefferson's Demons is an elegantly composed account of the strangeness and originality of one Founder's genius. Michael Knox Beran uncovers the maps Jefferson used to find his way out of dejection and to forge a new democratic culture for America. Here is a Jefferson who, with all his failings, remains one of his country's greatest teachers and prophets.


Author: Greg Woolf
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199972176
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The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today traces of its monuments, literature, and institutions can be found across Europe, the Near East, and North Africa--and sometimes even further afield. In Rome, historian Greg Woolf expertly recounts how this mammoth empire was created, how it was sustained in crisis, and how it shaped the world of its rulers and subjects--a story spanning a millennium and a half of history. The personalities and events of Roman history have become part of the West's cultural lexicon, and Woolf provides brilliant retellings of each of these, from the war with Carthage to Octavian's victory over Cleopatra, from the height of territorial expansion under the emperors Trajan and Hadrian to the founding of Constantinople and the barbarian invasions which resulted in Rome's ultimate collapse. Throughout, Woolf carefully considers the conditions that made Rome's success possible and so durable, covering topics as diverse as ecology, slavery, and religion. Woolf also compares Rome to other ancient empires and to its many later imitators, bringing into vivid relief the Empire's most distinctive and enduring features. As Woolf demonstrates, nobody ever planned to create a state that would last more than a millennium and a half, yet Rome was able, in the end, to survive barbarian migrations, economic collapse and even the conflicts between a series of world religions that had grown up within its borders, in the process generating an image and a myth of empire that is apparently indestructible. Based on new research and compellingly told, this sweeping account promises to eclipse all previously published histories of the empire.

Kleine Schriften

Author: Walter Burkert
Publisher: Ruprecht Gmbh & Co
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Das Lebenswerk des Zurcher Altertumswissenschaftlers Professor Dr. Walter Burkert, der im Februar 2001 siebzig Jahre alt wird, soll auf Initiative seines Nachfolgers Professor Dr. Christoph Riedweg durch eine Ausgabe seiner Kleinen Schriften gewurdigt werden. Es gibt wohl wenige Forscherinnen und Forscher auf dem Gebiet der klassischen Altertumswissenschaften, die in den letzten Jahrzehnten in ahnlich produktiver Weise zu einer Vielzahl von Themen und Perioden - von den soziobiologischen Wurzeln menschlichen Verhaltens und den palaolithischen Jagern uber die ersten Hochkulturen des Vorderen Orients, die Blutezeit der griechischen und romischen Antike in Mythos, Religion, Literatur und Kunst bis zum Aufkommen des Christentums - publiziert und mit ihrem iuvre eine vergleichbare Wirkung entfaltet haben, weit uber die engeren Fachgrenzen hinaus. Dem breiten Spektrum und der Fulle der Arbeiten Burkerts entsprechend ist die Ausgabe seiner Kleinen Schriften auf acht Bande angelegt, die jeweils die Beitrage zu einem bestimmten Themenkreis sammeln.


Author: Jane Ellen Harrison
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108009492
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The revolutionary classical scholar Jane Ellen Harrison pieces together the origins of early Greek religion in this seminal 1927 work.