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The "Mithras liturgy" : text, translation, and commentary

Author: Hans Dieter Betz
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, 2003.
Series: Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum, 18.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Hans Dieter Betz provides the first complete English commentary on one of the most important texts of the history of religions in late antiquity: the so-called "Mithras Liturgy", a magic Graeco-Egyptian papyrus from the 4[superscript th] century A.D., written from the inner perspective by an initiated devotee of the god Helios-Mithras-Alon and containing an esoteric ritual instruction for an ascension to and  Read more...
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Betz, Hans Dieter, 1931-
Mithras liturgy".
Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, 2003
(OCoLC)658100151
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hans Dieter Betz
ISBN: 3161481283 9783161481284 316148813X 9783161488139
OCLC Number: 52944290
Language Note: Text in ancient Greek with English translation; commentary in English.
Description: xvii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Abbreviations and short titles --
Critical signs used in the papyrus text --
Introduction. The "Mithras liturgy" : a provocative title ; The Papyrus ; Albrecht Dieterich (1866-1908) : life and scholarship ; Genre and composition ; The religio-historical context --
Greek text --
Translation --
Literary analysis (conspectus) --
Commentary. The Exordium (ll. 475-85) ; The main body of the ritual (ll. 485-732) ; Supplemental rituals (ll. 732-819) ; Epilogue (ll. 819-20) --
Plates --
Bibliography --
Indices. Greek words ; Voces magicae.
Series Title: Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum, 18.
Responsibility: Hans Dieter Betz.

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"Hans Dieter Betz provides the first complete English commentary on one of the most important texts of the history of religions in late antiquity: the so-called "Mithras Liturgy", a magic Graeco-Egyptian papyrus from the 4[superscript th] century A.D., written from the inner perspective by an initiated devotee of the god Helios-Mithras-Alon and containing an esoteric ritual instruction for an ascension to and consultation with the god. In addition to an introduction into the history of research since Albrecht Dieterich's famous work "Eine Mithrasliturgie" (1903), the volume contains the Greek text and the English translation, an analysis of the literary composition, and a commentary establishing the text and contextualizing it in relation to Egyptian religion, Mithraism, hermeticism and gnosticism. At the end of the book there is a bibliography and a Greek word-index."--Jacket.

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