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Allegory and Exegesis in the Derveni Papyrus: The Origin of Greek Scholarship

Dirk Obbink

in Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical Tradition: Ancient Thought and Modern Revisions

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199240050
eISBN:
9780191716850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240050.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter argues that the scholarly tradition of textual exegesis has pre-Classical roots in works whose purpose was religious or ritual. The Derveni papyrus exemplifies such work: its author ... More


Homeric and Un‐Homeric Hexameter Hymns: A Question of Type

William D. Furley

in The Homeric Hymns: Interpretative Essays

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199589036
eISBN:
9780191728983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589036.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the relationship of the Homeric Hymns to other early hexameter hymns and their possible genesis from theogonic hymns and cult myth. Comparison is made between the Hymns and ... More


Orphic Traditions and the Birth of the Gods

Dwayne A. Meisner

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190663520
eISBN:
9780190663551
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190663520.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Orphic Tradition and the Birth of the Gods is a literary history that attempts to reconstruct the fragments of four theogonies that were attributed to the legendary singer Orpheus: the Derveni, ... More


The Unavenged: Dealing with Those Who Die Violently

Sarah Iles Johnston

in Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520217072
eISBN:
9780520922310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520217072.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

A look at information concerning what happened to the souls of those who died too young, who died violently, or whose bodies were left unburied; how they might suffer in the afterlife and ... More


Purging the Polis: Erinyes, Eumenides, and Semnai Theai

Sarah Iles Johnston

in Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520217072
eISBN:
9780520922310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520217072.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter looks closely at the Erinyes and two related groups of goddesses, the Eumenides and the Semnai Theai, and at the relationship between the goddess Erinys and Demeter. The Erinyes acted on ... More


Inscriptions

Eleni Zimi

in Late Classical and Hellenistic Silver Plate from Macedonia

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199550449
eISBN:
9780191808418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199550449.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine

This chapter examines the inscriptions on Macedonian silver vessels. It describes the location of the inscription on various silver vessels and indicates their weight and value. It studies the ... More


The Derveni Papyrus

Dwayne A. Meisner

in Orphic Traditions and the Birth of the Gods

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190663520
eISBN:
9780190663551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190663520.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

After briefly describing the nature and provenance of the Derveni Papyrus (fourth century bc), this chapter introduces in the first section the Derveni author himself and his discussion of a ritual ... More


The Sceptre and the Sickle: The Transmission of Divine Power in the Orphic

Marco Antonio Santamaría Álvarez

in Divine Powers in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198767206
eISBN:
9780191821370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767206.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

The Orphic Hieros Logos in Twenty Four Rhapsodies is one of the last Greek theogonies dating between the late Hellenistic and early Imperial era. The chapter seeks to analyse the way in which divine ... More


Rethinking “Magic,” “Religion,” and “Philosophy”

Heidi Wendt

in At the Temple Gates: The Religion of Freelance Experts in the Roman Empire

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190267148
eISBN:
9780190267162
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190267148.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Chapter 3 focuses on experts who enlisted intellectual practices and discourses in their religious programs to a significant degree, often in conjunction with writings. The chapter draws together ... More


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