Walter Burkert, Ancient Mystery Cults, Cambridge London, Harvard University Press, , IX+ p., 12 fig., 15×23 cm. (Car Newell Jackson Lectures). WALTER BURKERT. Ancient Mystery Cults. Cambridge, Massachusetts, and. London, England: Harvard University Press, Pp. ix + $ This book. Review of Walter Burkert, Ancient Mystery Cults. Philip Sellew · Classical and Near Eastern Studies. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article.
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No trivia or quizzes yet. Dec 02, Matt rated it really liked it. The foremost historian of Greek religion provides the first comprehensive, comparative study of a little-known aspect of ancient religious beliefs and practices. Most are familiar with Ancifnt and Egyptian Myth but few realize the secrecy around the myths that made them into a religion.
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To ask other readers questions about Ancient Mystery Cultsplease sign up. Constantine and His Age Timothy D. Great book on the various mystery religions that were flourishing in the Greco-Roman world before and during the time of Jesus.
Refresh and try again. Sign in to use this feature. Connie rated it liked it Mar 27, Some insightful general observations mainly found in the first pages of the book save the burrkert from the complete disaster. Oxford University Press, Humphrey Milford. Sep 22, Johanna Hilla rated it it was amazing.
At the Clarendon Press, One of my Religious Studies professors claimed that Christianity thrived while these religions became what we now call “myths” because early Christianity did not require a veil of secrecy around its beliefs and was open to all rather than a select few. At least it’s useful for exams. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Really helped me understand the difference in mindset of pre-Christian pagan peoples.
The best part of this book is that it gives you glimpses into the minds of people in Western civilization before Christianity. Pretty simple explanations, although Chapter 3 felt less organized and developed than the others.
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Ancient Mystery Cults
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The Classical Review 39 The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Archives in the Ancient World. Burkert’s Mystery Cults scores low not because of its schematic treatment of the late antiquity mystery cults such as the mysteries of Meter, Isis or Mithra- the Eleusinian Mysteries are certainly the exception to the rule although the author scrupulously avoids treating them in their great classical era- but because of its disorganized structure.
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