By Renate Schlesier
Within smooth frameworks of information and illustration, Dionysos frequently seems to be extraordinary for historic tradition, an exception in the context of historic polytheism, or perhaps an example of a distinction that anticipates modernism. How can fresh study give a contribution to a extra specified realizing of the varied adjustments of the traditional god, from Greek antiquity to the Roman Empire? during this quantity, that is the results of a global convention held in March 2009 on the Pergamon Museum Berlin, students from all branches of classical stories, together with heritage of scholarship, reflect on this query. accordingly, this results in a brand new glance on vase work, sanctuaries, rituals and religious-political associations like theatre, and comprises new readings of the texts of old poets, historians and philosophers, in addition to of papyri and inscriptions. it's the variety of assets or equipment and the problem of former perspectives that's the power of this quantity, delivering a accomplished, cutting edge and richly faceted account of different god in an exceptional way."
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It is surprising that historians (and other analysts of human society) seldom, if ever, refer to this basic fact. D. : “We must not look for consistency in men’s religious actions, any more than in their secular conduct: norms of belief and facts of practice, words and deeds do not fit: nor do men mean all that they say, in reverence or irreverence, least of all men as nimble of wit and tongue as were many of the Greeks. ” 26 Here the theory of “the Great” versus the “Little Traditions” (and their interactions) as introduced in the 1950’s by the Chicago anthropologists Robert Redfield and MacKim Marriott deserve more attention then they get from classicists involved in the study of Greek religion.
V. Ach, Ah me, Och, Oh, Ohimé, Uff. These appear to develop into names of a giant, a demon, a witch, the devil etc. Burkert (1981) mentions examples of chance semantic changes. 12 Petsas (1983) (cf. ” Hatzopoulos (1994) 64 f. regards a series of female deities worshipped in Beroia, including the Meter theôn autochthôn, as different interpretationes of one pre-Hellenic p|tmia hgq_m and gives more literature. The testimonia (all dating from the period between ca. ) in: Petsas et al. v. aqt|whym. The Meter autochthôn is once (no.
Cf. Mikalson (1977); Humphreys (2004) 145 – 188. The earliest one, the calendar from Thorikos (ca. ), though known before through inadequate manuscripts, was published from the stone after these publications: Daux (1983). Improvements by Scullion (1998). Parker (1987) focusses on the Thorikos calendar. Text, commentary and bibliography in Lupu (2005) no. 1; Humphreys (2004) 155 – 165. D. Lambert, who contributed Lambert (2000) (and see ibid. 71 – 80), is preparing a monograph edition of all Attic sacrificial calendars.
A Different God? Dionysos and Ancient Polytheism by Renate Schlesier