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Near‐Death Experiences, Real and Make‐Believe

Yulia Ustinova

in Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199548569
eISBN:
9780191720840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548569.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The Greeks knew of at least two ways of ‘brushing with death’: near-death experiences and mystery initiations. The chapter surveys literary descriptions of passages through darkness in the visions of ... More


Orphic Ritual and Myth in the Thebaid

Christopher Chinn

in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199644094
eISBN:
9780191745010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0019
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Statius’ use of Orphic myth and ritual in the Thebaid. Statius employs a series of allusions to the Orphic theogonythat lays emphasis on the Cretan story of Zeus’ birth. Statius ... More


Orpheus Rebound: The Voice of Lament in Joyce's Poetic Consciousness

Marc C. Conner (ed.)

in The Poetry of James Joyce Reconsidered

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813039763
eISBN:
9780813043159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813039763.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This essay argues that the dominant poetic voice in Joyce's works is Orphic, characterized by a wistful sense of loss, lament, and sorrow. Joyce's Orphic poetic consciousness develops from his early ... More


The Music of America

Günter Leypoldt

in Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman: A Transatlantic Perspective

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635740
eISBN:
9780748651658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses American music, starting with the vague image of the poet as an Orphic singer. The next sections look at the ambiguities of the romantic metaphysics of music and the ... More


The Oldest Song: Ronsard and Spenser

Anthony Welch

in The Renaissance Epic and the Oral Past

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178869
eISBN:
9780300188998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178869.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter explores two dynastic epics that take up national origin myths: Pierre de Ronsard's Franciade (1572) and Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene (1590, 1596). Ronsard's unfinished epic embarks on ... More


The Ephesia Grammata: Logos Orphaïkos or Apolline Alexima Pharmaka?

Radcliffe G. Edmonds

in The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199664108
eISBN:
9780191745768
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664108.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Archaeology: Classical

The Getty tablet provides explicit information about the mysterious hexameter verses that become in later tradition the ephesia grammata. These ephesia grammata show no evidence of connection with a ... More


The Splitting of Herakles

Emma Gee

in Mapping the Afterlife: From Homer to Dante

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190670481
eISBN:
9780190670511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190670481.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

The Herakles passage in Homer’s Odyssey 11.601–4 has been seen as problematic because it is not one thing: the vision it gives of Herakles’ place in the afterlife is double—his eidōlon (“image”) and ... More


A Sprinkling of Science

Emma Gee

in Mapping the Afterlife: From Homer to Dante

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190670481
eISBN:
9780190670511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190670481.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter examines how the journey-revelation paradigm we discern in afterlife texts manifests itself in Plato’s Phaedrus. The author argues for points of contact between the Phaedrus and the ... More


Narrative and Play: Shelley’s The Witch of Atlas and Byron’s Beppo

Michael O'Neill

in Shelleyan Reimaginings and Influence: New Relations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198833697
eISBN:
9780191874147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833697.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

‘Narrative and Play’ continues to evaluate Byron and Shelley’s relationship with an eye to discussing how both poets employ narrative form in ways that create allow a constant cycle of renewal. 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


Still Singing: The Case of Orpheus

Barbara Graziosi

in Tombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Literary Reception and Material Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198826477
eISBN:
9780191865442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198826477.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers the relationship between Orpheus the mythical character and Orpheus the putative author of mystic texts, arguing that it is best understood by focusing on the tomb of the ... More


Inner Purity and Pollution in the Beyond: The Evidence of the Gold Leaves (OF 488–491 (= Graf/Johnston nos. 5–7, 9))

Andrej Petrovic and Ivana Petrovic

in Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion: Volume I: Early Greek Religion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198768043
eISBN:
9780191821851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768043.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Chapter 12 focuses on the ‘Orphic’ gold tablets OF 488, 489, and 490, found in Thurii and dated to the beginning of the fourth century BC, and OF 491, found in Rome and dated to AD 260. In the first ... More


Epiphanies in cult

Georgia Petridou

in Divine Epiphany in Greek Literature and Culture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198723929
eISBN:
9780191791246
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723929.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 6 turns to cult as yet another of the situational contexts of divine epiphany. The three sections on mystic epiphanies, epiphany festivals, and epiphany in a sacrificial context aim at ... More


Praising the God(s): Homeric Hymns in Late Antiquity

Gianfranco Agosti

in The Reception of the Homeric Hymns

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198728788
eISBN:
9780191795510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This paper studies the reception of the Homeric Hymns in some pagan and Christian poets of Late Antiquity. It offers some methodological remarks on ‘quotations’ or ‘allusions’ and re-use of epic ... 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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