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Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World

Jan N. Bremmer

Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Antiquity; cult; initiation; mysteries
Subject: Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies | De Gruyter
Print ISBN: 9783110299298
eBook ISBN: 9783110376999


The ancient Mysteries have long attracted the interest of scholars, an interest that goes back at least to the time of the Reformation. After a period of interest around the turn of the twentieth century, recent decades have seen an important study of Walter Burkert. Yet his thematic approach makes it hard to see how the actual initiation into the Mysteries took place. To do precisely that is the aim of this book.