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The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries: Cosmology and Salvation in the Ancient World

David Ulansey

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067880
eISBN:
9780199853328
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067880.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This book argues that the Roman cult of Mithras did not originate in Persia, as previously thought. Instead, the author suggests that the cult was triggered by the reaction of a group of Tarsian ... More


Mithras and Perseus

David Ulansey

in The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries: Cosmology and Salvation in the Ancient World

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067880
eISBN:
9780199853328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067880.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

The previous section kept us wondering which constellation represents Mithras as this was left unanswered in the various interpretations of tauroctony. In the astronomical aspect, Perseus occupies a ... More


The Perseus Cult of Tarsus

David Ulansey

in The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries: Cosmology and Salvation in the Ancient World

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067880
eISBN:
9780199853328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067880.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

According to Plutarch, the beginning of Mithraism can be drawn back to the pirates of Cilicia who came across with the Roman general Pompey. The important cults in Cilicia worshipped Perseus with ... More


The Meaning of the Bull-Slaying

David Ulansey

in The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries: Cosmology and Salvation in the Ancient World

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195067880
eISBN:
9780199853328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067880.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

As was discussed in the previous chapter, the precession of the equinoxes discovered by Hipparchus was the basis of the Stoics' claim that there was a divinity of great power accountable for such ... More


Rhodes between Rome and Perseus

Sviatoslav Dmitriev

in The Greek Slogan of Freedom and Early Roman Politics in Greece

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195375183
eISBN:
9780199896721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375183.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

Chapter 8 argues against the traditional vision of the stance held by Rhodes in the Third Macedonian war as being simply pro- or anti-Roman. The famous Rhodian attempt to mediate in the war between ... More


The Slogan of Freedom from the King’s Peace to the Pax Romana

Sviatoslav Dmitriev

in The Greek Slogan of Freedom and Early Roman Politics in Greece

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195375183
eISBN:
9780199896721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375183.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

The Epilogue outlines general trends in the development of the Greek slogan of freedom from its inception in the fifth century to the Hellenistic period and through its diverse uses by the Romans. ... More


A song from the universal chorus: The Perseus and Andromeda epyllion

James Uden

in Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199586462
eISBN:
9780191724961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586462.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Perseus and Andromeda episode in Manilius’ Astronomica (5.538-613) is an anomalous epyllion, downplaying the amatory themes prominent in the epyllion form and in other retellings of the myth. ... More


The Gorgon’s Head!

Nicholas Mee

in The Cosmic Mystery Tour

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780198831860
eISBN:
9780191869785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198831860.003.0021
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, History of Physics

The astronomer John Goodricke was first to realize the star Algol in the constellation Perseus regularly fades for several hours because it is periodically eclipsed by a fainter companion star. In ... More


The Hero in a Thousand Pieces: Antiheroes in Recent Epic Cinema

Dan Curley

in Epic Heroes on Screen

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474424516
eISBN:
9781474449533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424516.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines how onscreen antiheroes are the product of the fragmentation of traditional heroic storytelling. Using Alexander the Great, Perseus, and Hercules as case studies, the author ... More


Drakōn Fights: Drakontes Composite

Daniel Ogden

in Drakōn: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199557325
eISBN:
9780191745997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557325.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Archaeology: Classical

Chapter 2 looks at the battle myths for the great composite drakontes, and is loosely organised in accordance with the overall shapes and mythological affinities of the creatures in question. It ... More


Fights with Kētē, Sea-Serpents

Daniel Ogden

in Drakōn: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199557325
eISBN:
9780191745997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557325.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Archaeology: Classical

Chapter 3 turns to the drakontes’ marine cousins, the kētē or ‘sea serpents.’ These present a methodological difficulty for us insofar as, despite their serpentine nature, the term drakōn is seldom ... More


Frank Walbank’s Philippos Tragoidoumenos: Polybius’ Account of Philip’s Last Years

Boris Dreyer

in Polybius and his World: Essays in Memory of F.W. Walbank

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199608409
eISBN:
9780191745102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608409.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Polybius' highly dramatic portrayal of Philip V's last years as king of Macedonia has been seen as arising from a decision to concentrate on the personal tragedy of Philip's last years, especially ... More


The Face of Chaos (Medusa)

Marie-Hélène Huet

in The Culture of Disaster

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226358215
eISBN:
9780226358239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226358239.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter begins with a discussion of an executioner's well-known practice of grasping the decapitated heads of the guillotine's most famous victims by the hair and holding them up before the ... More


Pythians 11 and 12: Materiality, Intertextuality, Closure

Tom Phillips

in Pindar's Library: Performance Poetry and Material Texts

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780198745730
eISBN:
9780191808166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745730.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter begins by arguing that the presentation of Orestes as an exemplum in Pythian 11 problematizes the terms of epinician discourse in order to create particular interpretative and ethical ... More


Divine Happiness in the Victory Ode

Felix J. Meister

in Greek Praise Poetry and the Rhetoric of Divinity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198847687
eISBN:
9780191882357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198847687.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter aims to show that Pindar’s victory odes present athletic victors as enjoying, during the victory celebration, a moment of divine bliss as a reward for their achievement. The first part ... More


The unexpected savior: coroebus and flavian ideology

Stefano Rebeggiani

in The Fragility of Power: Statius, Domitian and the Politics of the Thebaid

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190251819
eISBN:
9780190251833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190251819.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In this chapter the author deals with the political implications of Statius’ account of Coroebus in Thebaid 1. He shows that certain traditional features of Roman narratives of political crisis (such ... More


Child in Danger, Child of Wonder

M. David Litwa

in How the Gospels Became History: Jesus and Mediterranean Myths

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780300242638
eISBN:
9780300249484
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300242638.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter compares Matthew’s story of the endangered child Jesus and his precocity with similar stories in mythic historiography. The ancient histories of Augustus, Moses, Cyrus, and Alexander the ... More


Rome, the Fall of Macedon and the Sack of Corinth

Peter Derow, Andrew Erskine, and Josephine Crawley Quinn

in Rome, Polybius, and the East

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199640904
eISBN:
9780191804670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199640904.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the nature of the Roman settlement of Greece in 167 BC which abolished the kingdom of Macedonia by focusing on the defeat of Antiochus and the Peace of Apamea (188). It first ... More


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