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by Walter F. Otto

Category: Philosophy
Subcategory: Political books
Author: Walter F. Otto
ISBN: 0253200954
ISBN13: 978-0253200952
Language: English
Publisher: Indiana University Press; New impression edition (December 1967)
Pages: 288
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The first part of the book is essentially a long essay on the way myth and cult interact. It is important to note that this is a philological book and it can appear pedantic

The first part of the book is essentially a long essay on the way myth and cult interact. It is important to note that this is a philological book and it can appear pedantic. The thesis in the first section is still crucial to pre-Christian religious studies today, but some of the polemics against other thinkers within it are quite dated. The second part of the book covers the historical development of both the Dionysus myth and cult. Otto unravels several popular and scholarly misreadings of the Dionysus myth.

In this classic study of the myth and cult of Dionysus, Walter F. Otto recreates the theological world of ancient Greek religion. Otto's provocative starting point is to accept the immanent reality of the gods. To understand the cult of Dionysus, it is necessary to reimagine the original vision of the god. Otto challenges us to understand the power of this vision not as a In this classic study of the myth and cult of Dionysus, Walter F.

I DIONYSUS MYTH AND CULT Dionysus. Detail from a wine cup attributed to Phei- dippos (ca. 520-510 . The Metropolitan Mu- seum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1941. The religion of Dionysus to which this book is dedicated offers many very remarkable examples of this kind MYTH AND CULTUS 17 of agreemenJ] But in the provinces of the other gods, too, cultus and myth are often so similar that one can look like the mirror image of the other.

Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. 1. Teologia bizantyjska: historia i doktryna.

Dionysus : Myth and Cult, Paperback by Otto, Walter Friedrich; Palmer, Robert. WALTER F. OTTO (1874-1958) was a distinguished philologist and historian of Greek and Roman religion.

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Walter F. Otto: Dionysus, Myth and Cult. Pp. xxii+244; 13 plates. Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 1965. A. W. H. Adkins (a1).

This study of Dionysus. is also a new theogony of Early Greece. "Publishers Weekly". An original analysis. of the spiritual significance of the Greek myth and cult of Dionysus". Who is Dionysus? The god of ecstasy and terror, of wildness and of the most blessed deliverance, and the mad god whose appearance sends mankind into madness. In this classic study of the myth and cult of Dionysus, Walter F.

Comments to eBook Dionysius: Myth and Cult
Narder
Interesting book. A lot of references to other writings, other gods, but still easy enough for someone like myself to understand. This is the first Greek god I was interested in or read about. Some Greek words that were untranslated but context served well enough.

You don't need to be well versed on the subject to read this book, but if you are you will probably find more enjoyment.
GawelleN
The first part of the book is essentially a long essay on the way myth and cult interact. It is important to note that this is a philological book and it can appear pedantic. The thesis in the first section is still crucial to pre-Christian religious studies today, but some of the polemics against other thinkers within it are quite dated.

The second part of the book covers the historical development of both the Dionysus myth and cult. Otto unravels several popular and scholarly misreadings of the Dionysus myth. You may want a Attic/Koine Greek lexicon and alphabet guide near you if you feel so inclined, but most untranslated words can be figured by context with few exceptions.

I well also note that this is an excellent translation from the German; Robert B. Palmer's introduction is very helpful in contextualized this work in the history of Philology and religious studies.
Mr.jeka
This is the definitive work on Dionysus and likely the closest we will ever be to discerning the actual worship and mythology of this god. I'd write more but there are other reviews here that say it all. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Monam
A fantastic, fully in-depth case for the modern worship of Dionysus. This book is a must for any serious Hellenist Reconstructionist.
BroWelm
I'm sure it is a fabulous book if you're fluent in nineteenth century English and big words. I'm still reading it but it's taking me forever...the quality of the book I received is awesome though.
Xangeo
Water F. Otto's Dionysus: Myth and Cult is a difficult but extremely rewarding study not only of the god Dionysus but of myth and cult as well. The book is divided into two parts. The first looks at the meaning of myth and cult and their relationship, the second attempts to arrive at the essential characteristic of Dionysus. By no means should you skip the first part. In it Otto lays the groundwork for his penetrating analysis of the god. It is a scintillatingly brilliant and illuminatingly original exposition of the meaning and origins of myth and cult. Anyone interested in Greek religion or for that matter liturgy alone, should read it. Although written over forty years ago it will still challenge and startle. Otto is gifted with a poetic depth of perception and gnomic expressiveness worthy almost of Heraclitus. For example at one point he states: "The more alive this life becomes, the nearer death draws, until the supreme moment-the enchanted moment when something new is created-when death and life meet in an embrace of mad ecstasy."
Otto holds that "The true visage of every true god is the visage of a world." In the second part he sets about discovering the form or visage of Dionysus. This he brilliantly lays out in chapters dealing with every aspect of the god. Chapters include: The Vine, The Somber Madness, Dionysus and the Element of Moisture, Dionysus and the Women, and Dionysus and Apollo. I will not attempt to recount his conclusions. Get the book and read them in Otto's lapidary language. Don't be put off from reading this book if you don't know Greek. While there are a fair number of untransliterated words, you can understand the meaning of the sentences from the context. However, be aware that this is not "lite" reading but a serious study that requires and will repay thought. The book itself is a handsome, sturdy paperback with glued signatures.
Beranyle
Walter F. Otto's literary tribute to Dionysos is a masterpiece of mythic spirit and proportions. Plunging into the paradoxical realm of the god, he explores the divine drama of the deity and his various roles as conqueror, deliverer, Lord of Souls, God of Wine and vegetative nature, his special relationship with the Feminine, the maenad priestesses of his cult and his consort, Ariadne. He presents a work of love and immediacy that is clearly born of an intimate connection with this complex god and his cult. Irresistibly readable.
The author brings the immediate experience of Dionysus to the reader. In the first part, a general context is laid out. In the second, the stories of Dionysus are told, of a living presence. This immediacy makes the essay both powerful and compelling.
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