Poetry as Initiation : The Center for Hellenic Studies Symposium on the Derveni Papyrus, Paperback / softback Book

Poetry as Initiation : The Center for Hellenic Studies Symposium on the Derveni Papyrus Paperback / softback

Part of the Hellenic Studies Series series

Description

The Derveni Papyrus is the oldest known European "book." It was meant to accompany the cremated body in Derveni Tomb A but, by a stroke of luck, did not burn completely.

Considered the most important discovery for Greek philology in the twentieth century, the papyrus was found accidentally in 1962 during a public works project in an uninhabited place about 10 km from Thessaloniki, and it is now preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. The papers in Poetry as Initiation discuss a number of open questions: Who was the author of the papyrus?

What is the date of the text? What is the significance of burying a book with a corpse?

What was the context of the peculiar chthonic ritual described in the text?

Who were its performers? What is the relationship of the author and the ritual to the so-called Orphic texts?

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 420 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
  • ISBN: 9780674726765

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