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Dionysus (Greek deity)

Works: 790 works in 1,381 publications in 6 languages and 44,234 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Art  Poetry  Conference proceedings  Bibliography 
Classifications: BL820.B2, 882.01
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Publications about Dionysus (Greek deity)
Most widely held works about Dionysus (Greek deity)
    Bakkhai by Euripides( Book )
    9 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in English and held by 1,290 libraries worldwide
    Regarded by many as Euripides' masterpiece, Bakkhai is a powerful examination of religious ecstasy and the resistance to it. A call for moderation, it rejects the temptation of pure reason as well as pure sensuality, and is a staple of Greek tragedy, representing in structure and thematics an exemplary model of the classic tragic elements. Disguised as a young holy man, the god Bacchus arrives in Greece from Asia proclaiming his godhood and preaching his orgiastic religion. He expects to be embraced in Thebes, but the Theban king, Pentheus, forbids his people to worship him and tries to have h
    Dionysus, myth and cult by Walter Friedrich Otto( Book )
    11 editions published between 1965 and 1986 in English and held by 1,198 libraries worldwide
    Dithyramb, tragedy and comedy by Arthur Wallace Pickard-Cambridge( Book )
    2 editions published between 1927 and 1962 in English and held by 1,131 libraries worldwide
    Dionysus in literature essays on literary madness ( file )
    2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,039 libraries worldwide
    Dionysus since 69 Greek tragedy at the dawn of the third millennium ( file )
    7 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,012 libraries worldwide
    The 14 essays in this text, from an interdisciplinary team, relate the recent appeal of Greek tragedy to social trends, political developments, aesthetic and performative developments, and the intellectual currents of the last three decades
    Dionysos : archetypal image of the indestructible life by Karl Kerényi( Book )
    13 editions published between 1975 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 956 libraries worldwide
    "No other god of the Greeks is as widely present in the monuments and nature of Greece and Italy, in the sensuous tradition of antiquity, as Dionysos. In myth and image, in visionary experience and ritual representation, the Greeks possessed a complete expression of indestructible life, the essence of Dionysos. In this work the noted mythologist and historian of religion Carl Kerenyi presents an historical account of the religion of Dionysos from its beginnings in the Minoan culture down to its transition to a cosmic and cosmopolitan religion of late antiquity under the Roman Empire." "From the wealth of Greek literary, epigraphic, and monumental traditions, Kerenyi constructs a picture of Dionysian worship, always underlining the constitutive element of myth. Included in this study are the secret cult scenes of the women's mysteries both within and beyond Attica, the mystic sacrificial rite at Delphi, and the great public Dionysian festivals at Athens. The way in which the Athenian people received and assimilated tragedy in its immanent connection with Dionysos is seen as the greatest miracle in all cultural history. Tragedy and New Comedy are seen as high spiritual forms of the Dionysian religion, and the Dionysian element itself is seen as a chapter in the religious history of Europe."--BOOK JACKET
    Bacchae by Euripides( Book )
    16 editions published between 1893 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 950 libraries worldwide
    Dionysus punishes Thebes, and its ruler Pentheus, for denying his godhood
    Inspiration Bacchus and the cultural history of a creation myth by John F Moffitt( file )
    9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 913 libraries worldwide
    "The purpose of this book is to reveal the antique pedigree of a now commonplace term, Inspiration, an essential creation-myth now propelling notions of self-expression in modern art-making. Knowledge of the ancient sources of such supposedly modernist fixations will make a significant contribution to historical-cultural thinking, particularly by showing in detail the facts of an unrecognized evolutionary continuity. In order to personify Inspiration, this study initially focuses upon Michelangelo's Bacchus of 1496, so revealing now-forgotten meanings once typically to be attached in a generic way to any Bacchus. Then it demonstrates how these Dionysiac concepts arose in ancient Greece. Later developments - particularly from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance - are traced here for the first time. Due to further modifications by Friedrich Nietzsche, Dionysiac expressionism eventually became a staple of modern art theory and practice."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
    The Bacchae of Euripides: a communion rite by Wole Soyinka( Book )
    5 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 881 libraries worldwide
    Dionysiaca by Nonnus( Book )
    12 editions published between 1940 and 1995 in English and Greek, Ancient [to 1453] and held by 865 libraries worldwide
    Nonnos of Panopolis in Egypt, who lived in the fifth century of our era, composed the last great epic poem of antiquity. The Dionysiaca, in 48 books, has for its chief theme the expedition of Dionysus against the Indians; but the poet contrives to include all the adventures of the god (as well as much other mythological lore) in a narrative which begins with chaos in heaven and ends with the apotheosis of Ariadne's crown. The wild ecstasy inspired by the god is certainly reflected in the poet's style, which is baroque, extravagant, and unrestrained. It seems that Nonnos was in later years converted to Christianity, for in marked contrast to the Dionysiaca, a poem dealing unreservedly with classical myths completely redolent of a pagan outlook, there is extant and ascribed to him a hexameter paraphrase of St. John's Gospel
    Dionysos in archaic Greece an understanding through images by Cornelia Isler-Kerényi( file )
    6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 859 libraries worldwide
    For the Greek, Dionysos was a very important god: for individuals as well as for the community as a whole. As there are only a few written sources dating from before the 5th Century BC, the many images of Dionysos on Greek vases may well offer a genuine approach to the meaning given by the ancient viewer. This book explores the earliest images followed by those on small vases for private use, on mixing bowls of the symposion, on amphoras, on later drinking cups and on archaic sculptures. It gives an overview of Dionysian iconography of the 5th Century BC as well as an overall interpretation. T
    The frogs by Aristophanes( Book )
    5 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in English and held by 816 libraries worldwide
    Visiting the underworld, the god Dionysus seeks the counsel of the dead tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides on how to bring good writing back to Athens. A fierce debate - full of scathing insults and literary satire - ensues between the two dramatists
    The Bacchae of Euripides by Euripides( Book )
    11 editions published between 1880 and 2007 in English and Greek, Ancient [to 1453] and held by 770 libraries worldwide
    Nothing to do with Dionysos? : Athenian drama in its social context ( Book )
    5 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 738 libraries worldwide
    A different god? Dionysos and ancient polytheism ( file )
    11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and German and held by 680 libraries worldwide
    Within modern frameworks of knowledge and representation, Dionysos often appears to be atypical for ancient culture, an exception within the context of ancient polytheism, or even an instance of a difference that anticipates modernism. How can recent research contribute to a more precise understanding of the diverse transformations of the ancient god, from Greek antiquity to the Roman Empire? In this volume, which is the result of an international conference held in March 2009 at the Pergamon Museum Berlin, scholars from all branches of classical studies, including history of scholarship, cons
    Nietzsche: disciple of Dionysus by Rose Pfeffer( Book )
    4 editions published between 1972 and 1974 in English and held by 629 libraries worldwide
    The Bacchae by Euripides( Book )
    3 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 611 libraries worldwide
    Frogs by Aristophanes( Book )
    11 editions published between 1897 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 608 libraries worldwide
    Among extant Greek comedies, the Frogs is unique for the light it throws on classical Greek attitudes to tragedy and to literature in general. It merits a much more extensive commentary than it has so far received, for the establishment of the text itself has rested for over a century on collations which were inadequate and inaccurate. At the same time, its most problematic passages have been the subject, in recent years, of more scholarly articles than those of any other Greek play
    Three plays of Euripides: Alcestis, Medea, The Bacchae by Euripides( Book )
    2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 593 libraries worldwide
    Dionysos by Richard Seaford( Book )
    4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 585 libraries worldwide
    Covering a range of issues, including mystery, cult and philosophy, this work explores Dionysos - one of the most studied figures of the ancient Greek gods. Part of the "Gods and Heroes" series, it looks at the history and influence of this god
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