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Ritual Texts for the Afterlife: Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets Hardcover – May 2, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0415508025 ISBN-10: 0415508029 Edition: 2nd

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Editorial Reviews


“This new edition is a most welcome and timely expansion of the first edition… [with] notable improvements… Given the rate of new archaeological discoveries, and the proliferation of research in the area, such a judicious and up-to-date resource is very much needed. This second edition will fill that gap, and prove to be every bit as influential and valuable as the first edition.” - J.R.C. Cousland, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"The new edition represents a welcome advance, since the authors take into account a number of recent developments in the scholarship of this rapidly moving field with their characteristic thoughtfulness and erudition." - Radcliffe G. Edmonds III, Bryn Mawr College

Praise for the first edition:

'A generous range of subject material is covered, the argument is detailed and thorough, the authors' scholarship enables them to tackle a variety of issues... exemplary clarity and precision... a work teeming with good ideas, clear, and well structured.' - Bryn Mawr Classical Review

'Graf and Johnston have put togetheran exciting study, one that will illuminate the shadowy darkness, not just for the initiate, but also for the uninitiated venturing for the first time into the world of the Bacchic gold tablets.' - Bryn Mawr Classical Review

About the Author

Fritz Graf is Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University, where he teaches in the Department of Classics and directs the Epigraphy Section of the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies. Sarah Iles Johnston is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of Classics at The Ohio State University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (May 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415508029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415508025
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 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: #6,535,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. Sarras on January 30, 2015
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A fascinating collection of Orphic funerary texts, and a fascinating glimpse of an ancient phase in religious history.
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