Ancient Greek Cults: A Guide by Jennifer Larson

By Jennifer Larson

Utilizing archaeological, epigraphic, and literary assets; and incorporating present scholarly theories, this quantity will function a great significant other to any creation to Greek mythology, displaying a facet of the Greek gods to which such a lot scholars are not often exposed.

Detailed adequate for use as a brief reference instrument or textual content, and supplying a readable account targeting the oldest, so much common, and finest spiritual practices of the traditional Greek global within the Archaic and Classical sessions, historic Greek Cults surveys historic Greek faith during the cults of its gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines.

Jennifer Larson very easily summarizes an unlimited volume of fabric in lots of languages, mostly inaccessible to undergrad scholars, and explores, intimately, the diversity of cults celebrated via the Greeks, how those cults differed geographically, and the way every one deity used to be conceptualized in neighborhood cult titles and rituals.

Including an introductory bankruptcy on assets and techniques, and proposals for extra analyzing this e-book will enable readers to realize a clean viewpoint on Greek faith.

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Adimantus’ missionary journeys Among the Coptic Manichaean sources from Medinet Madi, a so-called Acta Apostolorum Manichaeorum was found, which described the history of the diffusion of Mani’s teachings. These Acta were acquired by Carl Schmidt in Egypt in . 101 Another important source of Manichaean missionary activities, namely Mani’s Letters, seems to have shared the same fate: merely some not yet published fragments seem to have been left. 103 The Silk Road sources may stem from the sixth century and later,104 but Werner Sundermann has arrived at the conclusion that much of its contents originally stemmed from the Mesopotamian Manichaean 99 See pp.

150 Above, we have discussed the hypothesis of Decret and others, who suppose that Adimantus was the Manichaean missionary of Roman Africa. Although we did not find this supposition a compelling reason to reject Augustine’s identification of Addas with Adimantus,151 it is still worth considering the possibility that Addas came as far as Roman Africa. Perhaps, Alexandria is spoken of as a well-known town in the Roman Empire that was even reached by Addas. 152 The opinion of Decret153 and De Beausobre,154 namely that Adimantus was Mani’s missionary in Roman Africa, is based on Adimantus’ reputation among the Manichaeans in Roman Africa.

162 160 See Frend, ‘The Gnostic-Manichaean Tradition’,  f. See n. . 162 The archaeological finds in Kellis (Egypt) are of great value, as they supply students of Manichaeism with a view behind the scenes of an early Manichaean community. Concerning the dating, see I. Gardner, ‘He has gone to the monastery’, in: Emmerick et al. 166 Several personal letters recently found in Kellis indicate that the Manichaeans—both the Elect and the Hearers—attached considerable importance to the writings (of Mani).

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