Item #70417 Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life (Bollingen Series LXV.2). Dionysos, Carl KERENYI, Ralph Manheim.
Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life (Bollingen Series LXV.2).
Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life (Bollingen Series LXV.2).

Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life (Bollingen Series LXV.2).

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1976. First Edition. Softcover. Thick quarto. xxxviii + 474pp. Brown cloth spine with gilt titling over cream cloth boards with publisher's device in gilt. Bibliography & index. B/w illustrations. From the publisher: "No other god of the Greeks is as widely present in the monuments and nature of Greece and Italy, in the sensuous tradition of antiquity, as Dionysos. In myth and image, in visionary experience and ritual representation, the Greeks possessed a complete expression of indestructible life, the essence of Dionysos. In this work, the noted mythologist and historian of religion Carl Kerényi presents a historical account of the religion of Dionysos from its beginnings in the Minoan culture down to its transition to a cosmic and cosmopolitan religion of late antiquity under the Roman Empire. From the wealth of Greek literary, epigraphic, and monumental traditions, Kerényi constructs a picture of Dionysian worship, always underlining the constitutive element of myth. Included in this study are the secret cult scenes of the women's mysteries both within and beyond Attica, the mystic sacrificial rite at Delphi, and the great public Dionysian festivals at Athens. The way in which the Athenian people received and assimilated tragedy in its immanent connection with Dionysos is seen as the greatest miracle in all cultural history." Tiny crease to top edge of front free endpaper where a paper-clip was used to secure a "For Review" slip (the slip is still loosely inserted, the paper-clip not). Otherwise a tight, clean, near Fine copy in VG dust jacket (the jacket has just little rubbing and shelfwear, but the spine is very heavily sun-faded. Now protected by removable mylar sleeve). A large, heavy volume so some additional shipping to that automatically quoted may be requested, the amount depending upon destination. Item #70417
ISBN: 9780691098630

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