By Renate Schlesier
Within smooth frameworks of information and illustration, Dionysos usually seems to be strange for historic tradition, an exception in the context of old polytheism, or perhaps an example of a distinction that anticipates modernism. How can contemporary study give a contribution to a extra designated realizing of the various modifications of the traditional god, from Greek antiquity to the Roman Empire? during this quantity, that's the results of a world convention held in March 2009 on the Pergamon Museum Berlin, students from all branches of classical experiences, together with historical past of scholarship, think about this query. as a result, this ends up in a brand new glance on vase work, sanctuaries, rituals and religious-political associations like theatre, and contains new readings of the texts of historical poets, historians and philosophers, in addition to of papyri and inscriptions. it's the range of resources or tools and the problem of former perspectives that's the energy of this quantity, offering a accomplished, cutting edge and richly faceted account of different god in an remarkable way."
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19 This is a typical example of the risk, as Helfer (1968) wrote, that “our conclusions are too frequently functions of what we assume to be limits of understanding”, a scholarly tendency that we will discuss later inter alia in reaction to a statement by SourvinouInwood (1990) 18: “The gods who were worshipped in the different poleis were, of course, perceived to be the same gods (cf. also Hdt. 92 – 93). What differed was the precise articulation of the cult, its history, its particular modalities, which aspect of each deity each city chose to emphasize”.
The fact that many if not a majority of texts are ambiguous on this point may appear regrettable at first sight, but on second thought may hide a particular meaning of its own. 2. One God or Many? Three Modern Voices Let us once more narrow down the issue, this time to a recent controversy concerning the unity versus diversity dilemma, which will prove particularly relevant to the god Dionysos, although the god does not play an explicit part in that discussion. To my mind no dispute reveals more clearly the core of the aporia.
One Dionysos? A Polytheistic Perspective 33 Christ. They also share the ritual elements of, for instance, the rosary with the concomitant mumbling of Hail Marys, and they share the myth of birth, oppression, flight to Egypt, and final grief, as it is all pounded home during Scripture readings at religious services. As for her name, during the official cultic services of Scripture reading, sermon, hymns and prayer, the Mother of God is consistently referred to as Maria or Holy Virgin, not as Maria del Carmin or Maria Addolorata.
A Different God? Dionysos and Ancient Polytheism by Renate Schlesier