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The Iconography of Greek Cult in the Archaic and Classical Periods

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ISBN: 9782821828926 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Presses universitaires de Liège
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For the understanding and interpretation of the religions of times past, the imagery of those cultures has always been an important source of information, besides the written sources (if at all available) and the ever-richer archaeological material. The topic of this collection of papers is the religious iconography of cult in ancient Greece. The book aims at promoting the understanding of ancient Greek cult of the Archaic and Classical periods through the presentation of new evidence and new...

Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World

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Book Series: Münchner Vorlesungen zu Antiken Welten ISSN: 2198-9664 ISBN: 9783110299557 9783110376999 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: vi, 256 DOI: 10.1515/9783110299557 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History --- Religion
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The ancient Mysteries have long attracted the interest of scholars, an interest that goes back at least to the time of the Reformation. After a period of interest around the turn of the twentieth century, recent decades have seen an important study of Walter Burkert (1987). Yet his thematic approach makes it hard to see how the actual initiation into the Mysteries took place. To do precisely that is the aim of this book.It gives a ‘thick description’ of the major Mysteries, not only of the famous Eleusinian Mysteries, but also those located at the interface of Greece and Anatolia: the Mysteries of Samothrace, Imbros and Lemnos as well as those of the Corybants. It then proceeds to look at the Orphic-Bacchic Mysteries, which have become increasingly better understood due to the many discoveries of new texts in the recent times. Having looked at classical Greece we move on to the Roman Empire, where we study not only the lesser Mysteries, which we know especially from Pausanias, but also the new ones of Isis and Mithras. We conclude our book with a discussion of the possible influence of the Mysteries on emerging Christianity.Its detailed references and up-to-date bibliography will make this book indispensable for any scholar interested in the Mysteries and ancient religion, but also for those scholars who work on initiation or esoteric rituals, which were often inspired by the ancient Mysteries.

Charisma, Medieval and Modern

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ISBN: 9783038420002 9783038420071 Year: Pages: 160 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03842-007-1 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
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What is striking about this collection is that all the writers testify to one fact—the extraordinary fruitfulness of Max Weber's idea of charisma. Proof of the capaciousness of the Weberian idea of charisma is its diffusion outside the academic community, although “charisma” as popularized by the media owes little to Weber. These articles reveal, however, that Weberian charisma is indeed relevant to an astonishing range of phenomena. The expansion of charismaތs territory stretches beyond what Max Weber could have imagined.

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celebrity --- charisma --- cult --- heroism --- social memory --- Weber

Ritual and Communication in the Graeco-Roman World

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ISBN: 9782821829046 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Presses universitaires de Liège
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The analysis of the dynamic nature of rituals has become a heuristic tool for the investigation not only of religious behaviour and beliefs, but also for the study of social practice and communication in ancient and modern societies. From public assembly gatherings and funerals to celebration of cult feasts or the honouring of individuals, rituals mark socially important occasions, define beginnings and endings, and aid social transitions. Thus, rituals carry all kinds of messages intended to...

Coping With the Gods

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Book Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman World ISBN: 9789004204904 9789004210905 Year: Volume: 173 Pages: xiv, 594 pp. DOI: 10.1163/9789004210905 Language: English
Publisher: Brill Grant: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Subject: History
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Inspired by a critical reconsideration of current monolithic approaches to the study of Greek religion, this book argues that ancient Greeks displayed a disquieting capacity to validate two (or more) dissonant, if not contradictory, representations of the divine world in a complementary rather than mutually exclusive manner. From this perspective the six chapters explore problems inherent in: order vs. variety/chaos in polytheism, arbitrariness vs. justice in theodicy, the peaceful co-existence of mono- and polytheistic theologies, human traits in divine imagery, divine omnipotence vs. limitation of power, and ruler cult. Based on an intimate knowledge of ancient realia and literary testimonia the book stands out for its extensive application of relevant perceptions drawn from cultural anthropology, theology, cognitive science, psychology, and linguistics.

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omnipotence --- veelgoderij --- theodicy --- cultus --- divine --- voorspellen --- leider --- ruler --- almacht --- religie --- cult --- theodicee --- religion --- polytheism

Of Gods and Books. Ritual and Knowledge Transmission in the Manuscript Cultures of Premodern India

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Book Series: Studies in Manuscript Cultures ISSN: 2365-970X ISBN: 9783110478815 9783110477764 Year: Volume: 8 Pages: xi, 477 DOI: 10.1515/9783110478815 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Religion --- Languages and Literatures --- Library and Information Science
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India has been the homeland of diverse manuscript traditions that do not cease to impress scholars for their imposing size and complexity. Nevertheless, many topics concerning the study of Indian manuscript cultures still remain to receive systematic examination. Of Gods and Books pays attention to one of these topics - the use of manuscripts as ritualistic tools. Literary sources deal quite extensively with rituals principally focused on manuscripts, whose worship, donation and preservation are duly prescribed. Around these activities, a specific category of ritual gift is created, which finds attestations in pre-tantric, as well as in smārta and tantric, literature, and whose practice is also variously reflected in epigraphical documents. De Simini offers a first systematic study of the textual evidence on the topic of the worship and donation of knowledge. She gives account of possible implications for the relationships between religion and power. The book is indsipensible for a deeper understanding of the cultural aspects of manuscript transmission in medieval India, and beyond.

Hanghaus 2 in Ephesos. Die Wohneinheit 7, Tafelband

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ISBN: 9783700176305 Year: Pages: 524 Seiten Language: English|Turkish|German
Publisher: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 290
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Contextual analysis of the architecture, the features and the finds of the Imperial Period dwelling WE 7 of Terrace House 2 in Ephesos.

Hanghaus 2 in Ephesos. Die Wohneinheit 7, Textband 1

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ISBN: 9783700176305 Year: Pages: 502 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_611239 Language: English|Turkish|German
Publisher: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 290
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Contextual analysis of the architecture, the features and the finds of the Imperial Period dwelling WE 7 of Terrace House 2 in Ephesos.

Hanghaus 2 in Ephesos. Die Wohneinheit 7, Textband 2

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ISBN: 9783700176305 Year: Pages: 388 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_611240 Language: English|Turkish|German
Publisher: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 290
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Contextual analysis of the architecture, the features and the finds of the Imperial Period dwelling WE 7 of Terrace House 2 in Ephesos.

Geniekult in Geisteswissenschaften und Literaturen um 1900 und seine filmischen Adaptionen

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ISBN: 9783205794813 Year: Pages: 586 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_474630 Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 90
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The monograph focuses on the “genius” as a figure of knowledge and representation in two discoursive and medial settings: first, texts from the Humanities and theory of science, in particular published between 1890 and 1920, and, second, subset feature films since the mid-1980ties, which re-echo the ‘cult of the genius’. The “genius” is considered to be a figure by which newly constituted academic disciplines managed to build up their professional identity, legitimated their methodologies, and reassured themselves of their own intellectual and creative powers. Furthermore, the book shows how imaginations of “ingenious” artists and masterminds, that refer to this historical period, are depicted in selected movies since the mid 1980ties.

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