This is the first book to describe and explain all of the ancient world s major mystery cults one of the most intriguing but least understood aspects of Greek and Roman religion In the nocturnal Mysteries at Eleusis, participants dramatically re enacted the story of Demeter s loss and recovery of her daughter Persephone in the Bacchic cult, bands of women ran wild in the Greek countryside to honor Dionysus and in the mysteries of Mithras, men came to understand the nature of the universe and their place within it through frightening initiation ceremonies and astrological teachings These cults were an important part of life in the ancient Mediterranean world, but their actual practices were shrouded in secrecy, and many of their features have remained unclear until now By richly illustrating the evidence from ancient art and archaeology, and drawing on enlightening new work in the anthropology and cognitive science of religion, Mystery Cults of the Ancient World allows readers to imagine as never before what it was like to take part in these ecstatic and life changing religious rituals and what they meant to those who participated in them Stunning images of Greek painted pottery, Roman frescoes, inscribed gold tablets from Greek and South Italian tombs, and excavated remains of religious sanctuaries help show what participants in these initiatory cults actually did and experienced A fresh and accessible introduction to a fascinating subject, this is a book that will interest general readers, as well as students and scholars of classics and religion....
|Title||:||Mystery Cults of the Ancient World|
|Publisher||:||Princeton University Press First Edition 1st printing , edition April 4, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|File Size||:||767 KB|
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Mystery Cults of the Ancient World Reviews
Bowden's "Mystery Cults of the Ancient World" is comprehensive and well researched. He investigates what we know of the different mystery cults in Greek and Roman times and how they developed over time, from the hints left in literature as well as remains of temples and meeting places. The work is well laid out and contains many illustrations and photos.
I'M A TEACHER IN GREAT AND ANCIENT RELIGIONS, THIS BOOK WAS VERY USEFULL FOR MY CLASSES AND MY WORK, EASY TO UNDERSTAND.I AM GLAD I BOUGHT IT.
In the past decade, several books have come out that look at a variety of mystery cults. This one is aimed at a popular audience more than the others. However, I sometimes found it surprisingly difficult to grasp the overall picture from Bowden's detailed discussions—for example, when trying to picture the sequence of events in the Eleusinian mysteries. A slightly more academic book on the subject, Jan Bremmer's
Warning: This book seriously misrepresents aspects of the Mystery cults it claims to elucidate.
Lots of interesting information, but it lacks excitement. Moreover, in the penultimate Chapter it dismisses the possibility of the relationship between Christianity and mystery religions, but without providing much evidence or discussion. I found that aspect somewhat biased. Nevertheless, the book is worth reading for the its informative content.