Orpheus and Greek Religion : A Study of the Orphic Movement

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The tales told of Orpheus are legion. He is said to have been an Argonaut--and to have saved Jason's life. Rivers are reported to have stopped their flow to listen to the sounds of his lyre and his voice. Plato cites his poetry and Herodotus refers to "practices that are called Orphic." Did Orpheus, in fact, exist? His influence on Greek thought is undeniable, but his disciples left little of substance behind them. Indeed, their Orphic precepts have been lost to time. W.K.C. Guthrie attempts to uncover and define Orphism by following its circuitous path through ancient history. He tackles this daunting task with the determination of a detective and the analytical rigor of a classical scholar. He ferries his readers with him on a singular voyage of discovery.
Systematic study of the myth of Orpheus, the Orphic works, religious beliefs, rituals, and the link between the Orphic texts and other authors written by various scholars. The bibliography is abundant and the state of the question presented for each theme is updated.
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AUTHOR William Keith Chambers Guthrie
FILENAME Orpheus and Greek Religion : A Study of the Orphic Movement.pdf
PUBLISH DATE 10 Oct 1993

Orpheus and Greek Religion (Mythos Books): William Keith ...

Orphism (more rarely Orphicism; Ancient Greek: Ὀρφικά) is the name given to a set of religious beliefs and practices originating in the ancient Greek and Hellenistic world, as well as from the Thracians, associated with literature ascribed to the mythical poet Orpheus, who descended into the Greek underworld and returned.

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