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Ancient Mysteries: A Sourcebook of Sacred Texts

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Zeus and the other gods of shining Olympus were in reality divine only by popular consent. Over the course of time Olympian luster diminished in favor of religious experiences more immediate to the concerns of people living in an increasingly cosmopolitan ancient world. These experiences were provided by the mysteries, religions that flourished particularly during the Hell ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published April 9th 1999 by University of Pennsylvania Press (first published 1987)
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Very good for what it was. Didn't change my world, because I was familiar with a lot of the sources. Also, some were in no way references to the rituals or even mythology of the mystery cults, but, instead, background information on the dieties involved in the mysteries. The unfortunate truth is that the ancient mysteries, no matter what our imagination might do with them, are just that - mysteries. And unless some top-secret vault from the Alexandria Library is discovered, that is the way the w ...more
I only bought this book for information on the Eleusian Mysteries, but got to caught up to put it down. I learned so much about the religions of the Mediterranean cultures.

This is not light reading, but if you are curious about such things, this is a good starting point.
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Marvin Meyer is a scholar of religion and a tenured professor at Chapman University, in Orange, California.

He is the Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University and Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute. He is also Director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity. Dr. Meyer is the author of numerous books and articles on G
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