By Renate Schlesier
Within smooth frameworks of data and illustration, Dionysos usually seems to be extraordinary for historic tradition, an exception in the context of historical polytheism, or maybe an example of a distinction that anticipates modernism. How can fresh learn give a contribution to a extra designated realizing of the varied variations 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 reviews, together with heritage of scholarship, contemplate this question. as a result, 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 historic 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 energy of this quantity, supplying a entire, leading edge and richly faceted account of the several god in an extraordinary way."
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In antiquity, the same region that boasts a ‘St. ” See there for some striking tales expressing this belief. Her robe, too, was in the possession of Byzantium, ibid. 247. For a full treatment see: Pentcheva (2006). 10 Blum/Blum (1970) 46. Herzfeld (1984) 654, and (1987) explains this as a synecdoche: the name of the saint actually only stands for the icon which he is locally said to prefer over all others. ” This is a good example of how a ‘unitarian’ view can breed dyslexia. ” This cannot but refer to the saint himself.
Auch ihnen soll hier kein neuer Interpretationsversuch gelten. Nichts weist auf eine besondere Abgeschlossenheit oder Heimlichhaltung dieser Malerei in diesem Zimmer hin. 24 Reinhold Merkelbach wollte insbesondere den Roman des Longos auf Dionysische Mysterien beziehen;25 doch dies ist, wenn überhaupt, nur eine eher beiläufige Dimension in diesem auf erotische Entdeckung fokussierten Text. 8. Dionysos nach dem Sieg des Christentums Nach dem durchschlagenden Erfolg des Christentums im 4. Jahrhundert bleiben verstreute Zeugnisse für ein merkwürdiges Weiterleben der DionysosGestalt.
Pulleyn (1997) 98 considers the possibility that Xenophon ignored one god by mispronouncing his name, but fortunately rejects this suggestion. Vernant (1980) 99 who also paid attention to the inconsistency between the opposing forces of two Zeuses (actually three: also Zeus Soter), does not view it as incompatible with his principle of unity. 25 In: Kinderuniversitas. Mit Kindern in der Wissenswelt (University Heidelberg). I hardly dare – but cannot resist – to refer the reader to Etzioni (1988) XI, 15, 139, cf.
A Different God? Dionysos and Ancient Polytheism by Renate Schlesier