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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
The gods and heroes of classical antiquity are part of our culture, functioning as sources of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers, filmmakers and designers alike. This series is concerned with how and why these figures continue to fascinate and intrigue. But it has another aim too, namely to explore their strangeness. The familiarity of the gods and heroes risks obscuring a vital difference between modern meanings and ancient functions and purpose.
The diversity of the Gods and Heroes is recognised and the series consists not of biographies of each god or hero but of investigations into their multifaceted aspects within the complex world of ancient paganism. Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World sheds new light on many of the most important religious beings of classical antiquity and provides a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the twenty-first century.
The series is geared to the needs of students in a wide range of fields from Greek and Roman religion and mythology, classical literature and anthropology, to Renaissance literature and cultural studies.