By Fritz Graf,Sarah Iles Johnston
Fascinating texts written on small gold pills that have been deposited in graves offer a distinct resource of knowledge approximately what a few Greeks and Romans believed concerning the destiny that awaited them after demise, and the way they can impact it. those texts, courting from the past due 5th century BCE to the second one century CE, were a part of the scholarly debate on historical afterlife ideals because the finish of the 19th century. fresh unearths and research of the texts have reshaped our figuring out in their goal and of the perceived afterlife.
The drugs belonged to those that were initiated into the mysteries of Dionysus Bacchius and relied seriously upon myths narrated in poems ascribed to the legendary singer Orpheus. After offering the Greek textual content and a translation of the entire on hand pills, the authors study their function within the mysteries of Dionysus, and current an overview of the myths about the origins of humanity and of the sacred texts that the Greeks ascribed to Orpheus. similar historic texts also are appended in English translations. supplying the 1st book-length version and dialogue of those enigmatic texts in English, and their first English translation, this publication is vital to the research of historic Greek religion.
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Ritual Texts for the Afterlife: Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets by Fritz Graf,Sarah Iles Johnston