1st Edition


ISBN 9780415324885
Published August 17, 2006 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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"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