Myth and Cult
Walter F. Otto
Translated and with an Introduction by Robert B. Palmer
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/1/1995
Format: paper 288 pages
5.5 x 8
ISBN: 978-0-253-20891-0
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“This study of Dionysus . . . is also a new theogony of Early Greece.” —Publishers Weekly

“An original analysis . . . of the spiritual significance of the Greek myth and cult of Dionysus.” —Theology Digest

Author Bio

WALTER F. OTTO (1874–1958) was a distinguished philologist and historian of Greek and Roman religion. ROBERT B. PALMER (1919–1977) was Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures at Scripps College. He was translator and editor of Karl Strecker”s Introduction to Medieval Latin and author of numerous scholarly essays. He was also a contributor to the New Catholic Encyclopedia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, by Robert B. Palmer
Foreword, by Walter F. Otto
I. Myth and Cultus
II. Dionysus

1. Preface

2. The Birthplace of the Cult of Dionysus

3. The Son of Zeus and Semele

4. The Myths of His Epiphany

5. The God Who Comes

6. The Symbol of the Mask

7. Pandemonium and Silence

8. The World Bewitched

9. The Somber Madness

10. Modern Theories

11. The Mad God

12. The Vine

13. Dionysus Revealed in Vegative Nature

14. Dionysus and the Element of Nature

15. Dionysus and the Women

16. Ariadne

17. The Fate of Dionysus

18. Dionysus and Apollo

19. Concluding Remarks on Tragedy