Initiation in Ancient Greek Rituals and Narratives: New Critical Perspectives

students of classical background and literature have for greater than a century authorized `initiation' as a device for figuring out quite a few imprecise rituals and myths, starting from the traditional Greek marriage ceremony and adolescent haircutting rituals to initiatory motifs or constructions in Greek fantasy, comedy and tragedy.
In this books a global team of specialists together with Gloria Ferrari, Fritz Graf and Bruce Lincoln, critique lots of those previous reports, and problem strongly the culture of privileging the concept that of initiation as a device for learning social performances and literary texts, during which adjustments in prestige or team club take place in strange methods. those new modes of analysis mark an immense turning aspect within the glossy learn of the faith and myths of old Greece and Rome, making this a helpful assortment throughout a few classical topics.

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