- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 New edition (June 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415415519
- ISBN-13: 978-0415415514
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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'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
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One of the most fascinating documents we have for studying this, is clearly, the "orphic" gold tablets. This tablets works like a memory-help for the dead mystai. There are detailed descriptions about what to do and what to say in the Hades so one can get that promised after-life.
The main problem with this tablets are a matter of definition. Best said: If they're orphic or not. Iles Johnston and Fritz Graf (cleary two of the best scholars now on greek religion. Hereafter I&G) presents us with a greek text and a very good and readable english translation of the tablets. And, of course, some interpretative chapters which are very helpfull.
I&G tends to associate the tablets with the Bacchic cult, but somehow also with Orpheus and some Orphic doctrines. The myth of Dyonisos and the titans it's a crucial point on the development of Orphic doctrines, and it's discussed with some deepness on the chapter 3.Read more ›
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Ritual Texts for the Afterlife: Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets
Because the topic of this study is comparative religion, it's reasonings are based on the premise that some myth has always been accorded popular acceptance, not as a preposterous fabrication, but as a logical, sequential narrative of people and events beyond the scope of our immediate sphere of influence. Our own distance from the story tellers and their diverse localities takes into account that local communities often preserved variant versions of a narrative which may have involved similar characters in much different settings, and pursuant towards sometimes contrary objectives not known to have been contrary by the outsiders of said communities.
The Dionysus derivation herein traced accross it's archaeological discovery in several locales is a by-line not commonly associated with the Orpheus legend. But the resources in this book make it clear that Orpheus left some version of poetry, which might have lingered principally as an oral tradition, long before the inscriptions and beliefs associated with these tablets. Without taking pot-shots at Christianity, I should note here that according to New Testament writings from the epistle of Peter, the Christian beliefs in godly inspiration of our scripture do also maintain a claim of the establishment of an oral tradition. That holy men of old "spoke" as they were moved by the holy spirit.Read more ›