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Redefining Ancient Orphism: A Study in Greek Religion Hardcover – December 16, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1107038219 ISBN-10: 1107038219

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  • Hardcover: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107038219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107038219
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Examines the fragmentary evidence for Orpheus as the author of rites and poems, redefining Orphism as a label applied polemically to extraordinary religious phenomena. Replacing older models of an Orphic religion, this richer and more complex model provides insight into the boundaries of normal and abnormal Greek religion.

About the Author

Radcliffe G. Edmonds III is Professor and Chair of the Department of Greek, Latin and Classical Studies at Bryn Mawr College. He is author of Myths of the Underworld Journey: Plato, Aristophanes, and the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets (2004) and editor of The 'Orphic' Gold Tablets and Greek Religion: Further Along the Path (2011).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Knight-Jadczyk on July 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Excellent review and analysis of Orphic literature that gives a more comprehensive angle on the phenomenon. Hopefully more "speculators" will read this and get some grounding before they take off into La-la Land, creating vast conspiracy theories about secret religions. I do think the author would have benefited enormously from reading astronomers, Victor Clube and Bill Napier and their theories about the origins of religion in the Greek Dark Ages being cometary disasters. (The Cosmic Serpent). A lot of what Edmonds sees as "Orphism" would then make a lot more sense: a desperate attempt to stabilize the environment in the face of cataclysm, to appease the gods, to find the right button to push to make things normal once again.
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