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A Different God? Dionysos and Ancient Polytheism by Renate Schlesier

By Renate Schlesier

Within smooth frameworks of data and illustration, Dionysos frequently seems to be bizarre for old tradition, an exception in the context of old polytheism, or perhaps an example of a distinction that anticipates modernism. How can contemporary learn give a contribution to a extra detailed figuring out of the varied ameliorations of the traditional god, from Greek antiquity to the Roman Empire? during this quantity, that is the results of a global convention held in March 2009 on the Pergamon Museum Berlin, students from all branches of classical experiences, together with background of scholarship, give some thought to this query. hence, this ends up in a brand new glance on vase work, sanctuaries, rituals and religious-political associations like theatre, and comprises new readings of the texts of old poets, historians and philosophers, in addition to of papyri and inscriptions. it's the variety of assets or tools and the problem of former perspectives that's the power of this quantity, supplying a finished, cutting edge and richly faceted account of the several god in an exceptional way."

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39 Sourvinou-Inwood (1997) 161, as quoted above. 40 I adopt here terms and concepts introduced by Oudemans/Lardinois (1987). 41 I do not claim originality in this respect. See for instance Buxton (1994), who on page 213, arguing for the “provocative ambiguity” of myths, in his turn acknowledges indebtedness to “the superlative Introduction to Versnel 1990”. In brief: we agree. Cf. also Jost (1985) 15, who rightly stresses that side by side with the common imagery of the pantheon, largely an inheritance from the past, the cultic personalities of gods differed widely from place to place.

Of course” and “were perceived”. ” (Hdt. 92 – 93, by the way, is far from proving her point). 20 Even those who admit the problem and accept a basic differentiation between various homonymous gods with different epithets always hasten to add that ‘essentially’ they remain one and the same god. 28 Henk S. 22 They may even play radically opposite roles on the same historical stage. Xenophon during his Persian expedition enjoyed the constant beneficial support of Zeus Basileus (An. 22), whereas Zeus Meilichios23 persecuted him because Xenophon, as he found out too late, had failed to sacrifice a holocaust to him (An.

On non-continuity in dance, see Naerebout (1997) 54 – 102. For the defense: Walcot (1996). Moreover “some peasants even believe that certain saints are more powerful than God” (Banfield [1958] 125). Banfield (1958) 124 f. For instance, only one of them is generally identified as the mother of Christ (who, incidentally, in this case is fully exchangeable with God). The Madonnas are: (1) the Madonna of Pompeii, whose miracles are well-known in Montegrano; (2) the Madonna of Carmin, whose feast is celebrated in a nearby town; (3) the Madonna of Peace, who is honoured in Montegrano with a feast and with a statue erected after World War I and to whom the mothers prayed for their sons at war; (4) the Madonna of Assunta, the protectress of one of the Montegrano churches; and (5) the Madonna Addolorata, most commonly identified with the mother of Christ.

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