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Defining Orphism: the Beliefs, the teletae and the Writings

Chrysanthou, Anthi (2017) Defining Orphism: the Beliefs, the teletae and the Writings. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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My research aims to define the Orphic beliefs and mysteries through the examination and analysis of the Orphic writings and evidence. I will be dealing with four main components which are: the Derveni Papyrus, the Orphic Rhapsodies, the Gold Tablets and the Olbian Bone Tablets. Apart from discussing these components individually, I will also inter-relate them through a narrative, conceptual and semiotic approach and comparison. Scholarship up to now has examined the aforementioned components individually, which did not allow for a substantial in depth comparison to take place. This is partly due to the fact that the Orphic Rhapsodies survive through innumerable fragments which do not offer a coherent picture of their contents. Part of my thesis, therefore, deals with this matter through attempting to reconstruct the surviving text of the Orphic Rhapsodies. Apart from these main components, I will also discuss numerous primary literary and archaeological sources referring directly or indirectly to Orphism, Orphics or Orpheus, and covering a chronological period from the 8th century B.C. up to Late Antique. This is essential in order to place Orphism in a historical and sociological context, and to enhance our observations considering the ancient attitudes towards Orphism. Through this all-encompassing approach to one of the most intriguing matters in the field of Classics, I hope to offer some useful insights as to how Orphism can be defined and gain a better understanding of the Orphic practices, texts and beliefs.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Orphism, Derveni Papyrus, Gold Tablets, Orphic Gold Leaves, Orphic, Orphic Rhapsodies, Rhapsodic Theogony, Olbian Bone Tablets, Plato, Theology, Cosmogony, Neo-Platonists, Pre-Socratic Philosophy, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Dionysos, Persephone, Ancient Greek Mysteries, Ancient Greek Religion, Eschatology, Afterlife, Orpheus, Initiation
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (Leeds) > School of Languages Cultures and Societies (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > Classics (Leeds)
Depositing User: Dr Anthi Chrysanthou
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 11:08
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2018 13:21
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/18862

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