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Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life

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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 C ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published October 6th 1996 by Princeton University Press (first published 1976)
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Don Hackett
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The plot arc about the Maenad on True Blood piqued my interest in Dionysos, but this was a serious and difficult book--no special effects, no nudity. Part of the difficulty was the author's frequent assertions of conclusions or interpretations without sufficient grounds that I could see. Another was my limited background in Greek religion, to say nothing of Minoan or Mycenaean. This second problem improved when I started reading with a reference book on Greek religion. Among the things I got fro ...more
Greta
Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jung fans, academics into mythology
Loved the material of this book....the writing not so much. Writing overly verbose and inaccessible too often for my taste. Recommended for people who can tolerate sifting through difficult language to get at some fascinating material. Recommended people interested in Jung, greek mythology, religion.
Jesse Whyte
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THE book on Dionysos. The perfect monograph.
Marco
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Sono solo un lettore amatoriale di questi temi, e quindi non so dire quanto le interpretazioni di Kereny siano ancora attuali. Ma la sua ricerca sul mito di Dioniso dagli albori cretesi al tardo classicismo greco e romano è sempre affascinante e a volte entusiasmante. Da tenere sul comodino per tornarci su ancora e ancora.
Kate
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mythology
There were some parts of this that went a little over my head because the writing could be a bit—extremely—verbose, but as someone who devours anything that has to do with Dionysus, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not an easy read, but well worth it.
Simone
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unbearably focused on details, but lacking a true unifying and comprehensive theory
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Károly (Carl, Karl) Kerényi was one of the founders of modern studies in Greek Mythology.

Karl Kerenyi is also published under the names Carl Kerenyi and Károly Kerényi.

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