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Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum, V2: Purification · Consecration, Foundation Rites · Initiatio (New)
by Jaeger, Bertrand
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Book ID: 9780892367894, 089236789X
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Volume Two: Purification · Consecration, Foundation Rites · Initiation · Heroization and Apotheosis · Banquet · Dance · Music · Rites and Activities Related to Cult Images
Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum (ThesCRA) is a major multi-volume reference on all known aspects of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman cults and rituals. Providing both a sweeping overview and in-depth investigation, ThesCRA covers the period from Homeric times (1000 B.C.) to late Roman times (A.D. 400). A definitive work on the topic, ThesCRA is the culmination of many years of research by scholars from across the United States and Europe and throughout the Mediterranean world. Each of their texts-either in English, French, German, or Italian-is followed by a catalogue entry listing the epigraphical and literary sources cited and referencing ancient iconographical documents related to the topic. Many of these iconographical items are depicted either in line drawings in the texts or in the plate sections of each volume. On completion, ThesCRA will comprise five volumes, a book of abbreviations, and an index volume. The volumes are arranged thematically. The first three deal with dynamic elements of ancient cults, such as cultic ritual and practice, while the last two are devoted to static elements, such as cult places and their personnel. The first two volumes, available in February 2005, discuss processions, sacrifices, libations, fumigations, and dedications (Volume I); and purification, consecration, initiation, heroization, apotheosis, banquets, dance, music, and rites and activities related to cult images (Volume II). Volume III, slated for August of 2005, will deal with divination; prayers and gestures of prayer; gestures and acts of veneration; supplication; asylum; oaths; magic; curses; and desecration. The last two volumes in the set, published earlier this year, move on to static elements of cult -- cult places and their depictions in antiquity in Volume IV, and the personnel of cults in volume V. An index for the five volume set is also available.
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