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Saturday, September 16, 2017

055 - The Dionysian Mysteries



In this episode, we discuss the Great Mother Cybele and her influence on the cult of Dionysos; some of the myths and the iconography of Dionysos; and Euripides’ Bacchae and the elements of Dionysiac worship

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Photo/Neolithic Statue from Catalhoyuk of a Seated Woman (Cybele?)






2 comments:

  1. Why were they called Mysteries?

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    1. Because their rites were mysterious, i.e. reserved for the initiated, and thus many aspects of the Dionysian cult remain unknown and were lost with the decline of Greco-Roman polytheism; luckily we have the Bacchae, but even then we don't know everything.

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