Ancient Mystery Cults

Author: Walter Burkert

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674033870

Category: History

Page: 181

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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.
Posted in History

Rom

Die Biographie eines Weltreichs

Author: Greg Woolf

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 3608107967

Category: History

Page: 495

View: 4663

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?
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Philippi

Author: Peter Pilhofer

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161491634

Category: Religion

Page: 1196

View: 6204

English summary: His collection is essential for anyone doing research on the religious, social, economic, or church history of that ancient city, which was so important to Pauline mission, for since the 1930s inscriptions from Philippi have been published more or less individually in more or less obscure publication. Now all are accessible in one collection, a must-buy for academic libraries with holdings in Roman and early Christian works.Leonard L. Thompson in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 64 (2002), p. 590 German description: In diesem Band werden erstmals alle publizierten Inschriften der Colonia Iulia Augusta Philippensis gesammelt, ubersetzt und kommentiert. Dabei berucksichtigt Peter Pilhofer nicht nur das hellenistische und romische, sondern auch das fruhchristliche und byzantinische Material (einschliesslich der beiden sogenannten protobulgarischen Inschriften aus dem 9. Jahrhundert). Peter Pilhofer liess in Philippi I. Die erste christliche Gemeinde Europas die einschlagigen neutestamentlichen Texte zu diesem Bereich Makedoniens (Phil; Apg 16) auf der Grundlage dieser Inschriftensammlung in einem neuen Licht erscheinen. Im zweiten Band bietet er den Lesern nun erstmals die Moglichkeit, sich direkt mit den griechischen und lateinischen Dokumenten aus Philippi auseinanderzusetzen und ein lebendiges Bild vom Leben in der Colonia Iulia Augusta Philippensis zu gewinnen. Da diese einzigartige Sammlung die Benutzung verschiedener alterer epigraphischer Werke im Blick auf Philippi entbehrlich macht, bleibt es von nun an nicht mehr nur Spezialisten vorbehalten, auf einer fundierten Grundlage eine lokalgeschichtliche Interpretation der auf Philippi bezogenen neutestamentlichen Texte zu erarbeiten. Diese zweite, uberarbeitete und erganzte Auflage bietet nun zusatzlich die zwischenzeitlich publizierten Inschriften aus Philippi (mehr als 60 neue Texte gegenuber der 1. Auflage). Die Kommentare zu den einzelnen Inschriften sind uberarbeitet und auf den neuesten Forschungsstand gebracht, ebenso wurde eine vollstandige Bibliographie auf dem Stand von 2007 (mit Ausblick auf die Jahre 2008 und 2009) hinzugefugt, so dass der Band jetzt auch unabhangig von Philippi I benutzbar ist.Pilhofer legt eine mustergultige Handausgabe der fur die Colonia Iulia Augusta Philippensis relevanten inschriftlichen Zeugnisse vor, die mit epigraphischer Akribie und uberlegener Urteilskraft gearbeitet ist. ... Der schone Band dokumentiert die drei Welten, die in Philippi miteinander in Wechselwirkung traten: griechische, romische und thrakische. Es ist ihm sehr zu wunschen, dass er nicht nur in der Sonderwelt der Exegese, sondern in der Altertumswissenschaft uberhaupt gebuhrend zur Kenntnis genommen wird.Samuel Vollenweider in Biblische Zeitschrift 2 (2002)
Posted in Religion

Jefferson's Demons

Portrait of a Restless Mind

Author: Michael Knox Beran

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439138151

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 1940

"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.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Rome

An Empire's Story

Author: Greg Woolf

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199972176

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 1315

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.
Posted in History

Kleine Schriften

Homerica. Hrsg. Von Christoph Riedweg, in Zusammenarbeit Mit Franziska Egli, Lucius Hartmann Und Andreas Schatzmann

Author: Walter Burkert,Christoph Riedweg

Publisher: Ruprecht Gmbh & Co

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 281

View: 8785

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.
Posted in History

Themis

A Study of the Social Origins of Greek Religion

Author: Jane Ellen Harrison

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108009492

Category: History

Page: 604

View: 4276

The revolutionary classical scholar Jane Ellen Harrison pieces together the origins of early Greek religion in this seminal 1927 work.
Posted in History

Favonius

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Classical philology

Page: N.A

View: 5559

Posted in Classical philology

Intellectual Traditions in Movement

ASCA Yearbook

Author: Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Theory and Interpretation

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Culture

Page: 241

View: 7827

Posted in Culture

Fear, Anomaly, and Uncertainty in the Gospel of Mark

Author: Douglas W. Geyer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 340

View: 1485

Analysis of Mark 4:35-6:56 explains why the Gospel ends as it does in the earliest manuscripts - abruptly - at 6:18, with the words "for they were afraid". This ending has long been considered "problematic" and, in the several attempts to rewrite it, Mark 16 has become a source of unending mischief. Draws on a vast literature of fear, anomaly, terror, and dread in the ancient world to demonstrate that this ending is a consistent, overriding theme of Mark's Gospel.
Posted in Religion

The Role of Vestal Virgins in Roman Civic Religion

A Structuralist Study of the Crimen Incesti

Author: Lindsay J. Thompson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 161

View: 6521

This study introduces a question, somewhat disregarded or discounted in recent years, regarding the link between the Vestals and early Christian consecrated virgins. In a political interpretation of the ancient Roman virginity cult, this work demonstrates that female virginity was understood by both Christian and non-Christian Romans as a symbolic analogue of the securely intact body politic.
Posted in History

Spiritual Guides of the Third Century

A Semiotic Study of the Guide-Disciple Relationship in Christianity, Neoplatonism, Hermetism, and Gnosticism

Author: Richard Valantasis

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 155

View: 9246

Posted in Religion

Parabola

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Myth

Page: N.A

View: 8640

Posted in Myth

Essays in honor of Gordon Williams

twenty-five years at Yale

Author: Charles Gray Weiss

Publisher: Henry R Schwab

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 315

View: 7604

Posted in Literary Collections

History of the Ancient & Medieval World

Author: Henk Dijkstra

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corp

ISBN: 9780761403555

Category: History

Page: 1692

View: 2557

Explores ancient civilizations and cultures from the dawn of humankind up to and including the Middle Ages.
Posted in History

Gnomon

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Archaeology

Page: N.A

View: 3749

Posted in Archaeology

The Journal of Hellenic Studies

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Greece

Page: N.A

View: 6232

Vols. 1-8, 1880-87, plates published separately and numbered I-LXXXIII.
Posted in Greece

Phoenix

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Classical philology

Page: N.A

View: 549

Posted in Classical philology

American Journal of Philology

Author: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve,Charles William Emil Miller,Benjamin Dean Meritt,Tenney Frank,Harold Fredrik Cherniss,Henry Thompson Rowell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Classical philology

Page: N.A

View: 8924

Each number includes "Reviews and book notices."
Posted in Classical philology