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The Derveni Papyrus: Cosmology, Theology and Interpretation
by Gábor Betegh
Gabor Betegh presents the first systematic reconstruction and examination of the Derveni papyrus and analyzes its role in the intellectual milieu of its age. Found in 1962 near Thessaloniki among the remains of a funeral pyre, it is one of the earliest surviving Greek papyri and is a document of primary importance for understanding religious and philosophical developments ...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published September 17th 2007 by Cambridge University Press
(first published September 6th 2004)
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I have a lot of interest in the Derveni Papyrus, but I'm not a scholar on the subject. I can transliterate Greek, and have a very cursory vocabulary of ancient Greek religious terminology; however, the large swaths of the text and exegesis left untranslated made this book less informative for me. It's a specialist topic and this book was clearly intended to be read by specialists with a better knowledge of Greek than I have.