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Reading Dionysus: Euripides' Bacchae and the Cultural Contestations of Greeks, Jews, Romans, and Christians

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by Courtney J. Friesen

    • Author

      Courtney J. Friesen

    • Book Format

      Paperback

    • Publisher

      Mohr Siebeck

    • Published

      July 2015

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      Reading Dionysus: Euripides' Bacchae and the Cultural Contestations of Greeks, Jews, Romans, and Christians

      Today's Price £113.02



      Product Description

      Courtney J. P. Friesen explores shifting boundaries of ancient religions by way of the reception of a popular tragedy, Euripides' Bacchae. As a play staging political crises provoked by the arrival of the foreign god Dionysus and his ecstatic cult, audiences and readers found resonances with their own cultural moments. This dramatic deity became emblematic of exuberant and liberating spirituality and, at the same time, a symbol of imperial conquest. Thus, readings of the Bacchae frequently foreground conflicts between religious autonomy and political authority, and between ethnic diversity and social cohesion. This cross-disciplinary study traces appropriations and evocations of this drama ranging from the fifth century BCE through Byzantium not only among pagans but also Jews and Christians. Writers variously articulated their religious visions over against Dionysus, often while paradoxically adopting the god's language and symbols. Consequently, imitation and emulati on are at times indistinguishable from polemics and subversion.

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      • Author

        Courtney J. Friesen

      • Book Format

        Paperback

      • Publisher

        Mohr Siebeck

      • Published

        July 2015

      • Weight

        181g

      • Dimensions

        155 x 232 x 21 mm

      • ISBN

        9783161538131

      • ISBN-10

        3161538137

      • Eden Code

        4708127

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      • Author/Creator: Courtney J. Friesen

      • ISBN: 9783161538131

      • Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

      • Release Date: July 2015

      • Weight: 181g

      • Dimensions: 155 x 232 x 21 mm

      • Eden Code: 4708127


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