A Different God? Dionysos and Ancient Polytheism by Renate Schlesier

By Renate Schlesier

Within sleek frameworks of data and illustration, Dionysos usually seems to be peculiar for old tradition, an exception in the context of old polytheism, or maybe an example of a distinction that anticipates modernism. How can contemporary learn give a contribution to a extra designated figuring out of the varied alterations of the traditional god, from Greek antiquity to the Roman Empire? during this quantity, that's the results of a global convention held in March 2009 on the Pergamon Museum Berlin, students from all branches of classical stories, together with background of scholarship, ponder this question. for this reason, this results in a brand new glance on vase work, sanctuaries, rituals and religious-political associations like theatre, and contains new readings of the texts of old poets, historians and philosophers, in addition to of papyri and inscriptions. it's the range of assets or equipment and the problem of former perspectives that's the energy of this quantity, delivering a entire, cutting edge and richly faceted account of the various god in an unheard of way."

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Ein nicht unwichtiges Noch-Nicht ist festzuhalten: Silene und Satyrn erscheinen im alten Epos für sich, nicht verbunden mit Dionysos: Silenoi sind im alten Aphrodite-Hymnos (Hom. Hymn. 262) die wilden Partner der Nymphen im Bergwald. 10) auf; daß sie zur Nachkommenschaft des Doros gehören, hat erst ein neuerer Papyrusfund ergeben. Sie sind demnach wohl in der Peloponnes zuhause; man kann die Geschichte von Amymone und dem Satyr (Aesch. fr. 13 – 15) als ein Stück aus dieser Tradition vermuten. Für die in der attischen Vasenmalerei des 6.

I give here an extremely condensed summary of her argument. ) argues that each god’s unity is attested by at least five general characteristics, typical and universally valid for that god: 1) Common iconography. The common and ubiquitous iconographical type of each god suggests unity in the mental representation of the deity. Artemis is always pictured as a young girl with a bow and arrow, and usually with a deer. 2) Genealogy. The core aspect of each divinity includes mythical family bonds. How could a Paean, as inscribed in a sanctuary, refer to Apollo, the son of Leto and Zeus, if each Apollo was perceived as a different divinity?

On A. Pandemos as an ‘Aphrodite politique’: Petre (1992 – 1994). Interesting on the polysemantic Aphrodite of Kos: Dillon (1999) 63 – 80. Cf. Parker (2002). 30 I have devoted ample attention to this issue in Versnel (2011) Ch. 1. Heis Dionysos! – One Dionysos? ” However, except for a few soul mates, such as Madeleine Jost with her 1985 book on Arcadian cults, his overt and thoroughly argued statement remained a voice in the wilderness, not least due to the dominant influence of Vernant and his school, for whom recognition of a pluralist position would mean a deathblow to their central theory.

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