Covering a wide range of issues which have been overlooked in the past, including mystery, cult and philosophy, Richard Seaford explores Dionysos – one of the most studied figures of the ancient Greek gods.
Popularly known as the god of wine and frenzied abandon, and an influential figure for theatre where drama originated as part of the cult of Dionysos, Seaford goes beyond the mundane and usual to explore the history and influence of this god as never before.
As a volume in the popular Gods and Heroes series, this is an indispensible introduction to the subject, and an excellent reference point for higher-level study.
"Innovative and original approach to one of the most complex divine figures; accessible to a general audience…all will profit from the fascinating ways in which Seaford relates the ancient Dionysiac cult to our contemporary experience" -Oxford Bibliographies Online
Why Dionysos? Introducing Dionysos? Key Themes 1. Nature 2. Communality 3. Epiphany 4. Mystery-Cult 5. Death 6. Theatre 7. Psychology and Philosophy 8. Christianity. Dionysos Afterwards 9. After Antiquity 10. Dionysos and Money, Then and Now
Routledge is pleased to present an exciting series, Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World. These figures from antiquity are embedded in our culture, many functioning as the source of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers and filmmakers. Concerned with their multifaceted aspects within the world of ancient paganism and how and why these figures continue to fascinate, the books provide a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the 21st century.
These concise and comprehensive guides provide a thorough understanding of each figure, offering the latest in critical research from the leading scholars in the field in an accessible and approachable form, making them ideal for undergraduates in Classics and related disciplines.
Each volume includes illustrations, time charts, family trees and maps where appropriate.