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Category: Literary Studies: Classical, Early & Medieval|
The author of the book: Yannis Tzifopoulos
Edition: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
Date of issue: 01 Jun 2010
Format files: Epub, PDF
The size of the: 620 KB
City - Country: Cambridge, United States
Full description of the book "Paradise Earned" : The Bacchic-orphic Gold Lamellae of Crete:This is a study of the twelve small gold lamellae from Crete that were tokens for entrance into a golden afterlife: the deceased who were buried or cremated with them believed that they had 'earned Paradise.' The lamellae are placed within the context of a small corpus of similar texts, and published with extensive commentary on their topography, lettering and engraving, dialect and orthography, meter, chronology, and usage. The texts reveal a hieros logos whose poetics and rituals are not much different from Homeric rhapsodizing and prophetic discourses. Cretan contexts, both literary and archaeological, are also brought to bear on these incised PDF objects and on the burial custom involved. Finally, this work adduces parallels to the texts on the lamellae from the Byzantine period and modern Greece to illuminate the everlasting and persistent human quest for 'earning Paradise.'
About the author Yannis TzifopoulosYannis Tzifopoulos is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Crete.
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