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Hellenic Studies Series 63

Poetry as Initiation

The Center for Hellenic Studies Symposium on the Derveni Papyrus

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$24.95 • £19.95 • €22.50

ISBN 9780674726765

Publication Date: 04/21/2014


296 pages

6 x 9 inches

5 halftones, 1 line illustration

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  • Foreword by Leonard Muellner
  • Introduction. Testing Our Tools: Open Questions on the Derveni Papyrus [Ioanna Papadopoulou]
  • 1. Some Desiderata in the Study of the Derveni Papyrus [Kyriakos Tsantsanoglou]
  • 2. On the Rites Described and Commented Upon in the Derveni Papyrus, Columns I–VI [Alberto Bernabé]
  • 3. Democritus, Heraclitus, and the Dead Souls: Reconstructing Columns I–VI of the Derveni Papyrus [Franco Ferrari]
  • 4. Derveni and Ritual [Fritz Graf]
  • 5. Divination in the Derveni Papyrus [Sarah Iles Johnston]
  • 6. How to Learn about Souls: The Derveni Papyrus and Democritus [Walter Burkert]
  • 7. Unlocking the Orphic Doors: Interpretation of Poetry in the Derveni Papyrus between Presocratics and Alexandrians [Jeffrey Rusten]
  • 8. The Derveni Papyrus and the Bacchic-Orphic Epistomia [Yannis Z. Tzifopoulos]
  • 9. The Derveni Papyrus between the Power of Spoken Language and Written Practice: Pragmatics of Initiation in an Orpheus Poem and Its Commentary [Claude Calame]
  • 10. “Riddles over Riddles”: “Mysterious” and “Symbolic” (Inter)textual Strategies. The Problem of Language in the Derveni Papyrus [Anton Bierl]
  • 11. Reading the Authorial Strategies in the Derveni Papyrus [Evina Sistakou]
  • 12. The Orphic Poem of the Derveni Papyrus [David Sider]
  • 13. The Garland of Hippolytus [Richard Hunter]

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