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Within smooth frameworks of information and illustration, Dionysos usually seems to be unusual for old tradition, an exception in the context of historical polytheism, or perhaps an example of a distinction that anticipates modernism. How can fresh learn give a contribution to a extra exact knowing of the varied changes 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 reviews, together with historical past of scholarship, think of this query. for that reason, this ends up in a brand new glance on vase work, sanctuaries, rituals and religious-political associations like theatre, and comprises new readings of the texts of historical poets, historians and philosophers, in addition to of papyri and inscriptions. it's the variety of assets or equipment and the problem of former perspectives that's the energy of this quantity, offering a complete, leading edge and richly faceted account of the various god in an unheard of way."

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