By Renate Schlesier
Within sleek frameworks of information and illustration, Dionysos frequently seems to be strange for old tradition, an exception in the context of historical polytheism, or perhaps an example of a distinction that anticipates modernism. How can fresh study give a contribution to a extra particular figuring out of the various changes of the traditional god, from Greek antiquity to the Roman Empire? during this quantity, that is the results of a global convention held in March 2009 on the Pergamon Museum Berlin, students from all branches of classical reports, together with heritage of scholarship, ponder this question. therefore, this results in a brand new glance on vase work, sanctuaries, rituals and religious-political associations like theatre, and contains new readings of the texts of old poets, historians and philosophers, in addition to of papyri and inscriptions. it's the variety of assets or tools and the problem of former perspectives that's the energy of this quantity, delivering a complete, cutting edge and richly faceted account of the various god in an unheard of way."
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Extra resources for A Different God? Dionysos and Ancient Polytheism
One God or Many? One God and Many! In the meantime we find ourselves confronted with two scholars who hold radically contrasting views on polytheistic complexities, and each of whom contests the other’s view as incompatible with her/his own (correct) one. In other words both of them take a firm and exclusivistic stance in our modern Western cosmology, which does not allow two contrasting incompatible truths to co-exist peacefully,40 and which has no room for ambiguities. 41 This implies venturing for a moment into the Greek cultural cosmology, which does not compulsively avoid ambiguities, and accepting that (the) Greeks had to live with two (or more) mutually exclusive realities and yet coped with the inherent paradoxes and inconsistencies.
But what about ‘normal’ Greeks? Can they have been so confused as to have dozens of different gods with the same names? In order to show that the issue is not as far-fetched as it may seem at first sight, let us cast a glance at contemporary de facto polytheism in the Andrew Ford was kind enough to check the English of the first version of this paper, while Jenny and Andy Simanowitz subjected the final text to a severe editing process. I am deeply grateful to all of them. 1 And he is not the only one.
Virt. 249e – f, Alkmeoniden und Delphi: Philochoros FGrH 328 fr. 115. 16 Bernabé (2004 – 2007) Nr. 463 – 465, 474 – 496, Graf/Johnston (2007). Zur Diskussion Burkert (1982/2006) 191 – 216, Burkert (20093) 79 – 106. Der Derveni-Papyrus bringt viel zu Orpheus, doch im erhaltenen Text nichts zu Dionysos. 17 Der thrakische Dionysos hat seine durch Rohde zugewiesene einzigartige Bedeutung verloren, bleibt aber wichtig. Andeutungen in [Euripides] Rhesos 970 – 973, zu Makedonien Plut. Alex. 7. 18 Horn (1972).
A Different God? Dionysos and Ancient Polytheism by Renate Schlesier