Myths of the Underworld Journey: Plato, Aristophanes, and the Orphic Gold Tablets by Radcliffe G. Edmonds, IIIMyths of the Underworld Journey: Plato, Aristophanes, and the Orphic Gold Tablets by Radcliffe G. Edmonds, III

Myths of the Underworld Journey: Plato, Aristophanes, and the Orphic Gold Tablets

byRadcliffe G. Edmonds, III

Hardcover | September 20, 2004

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Plato, Aristophanes, and the creators of the "Orphic" gold tablets employ the traditional tale of a journey to the realm of the dead to redefine, within the mythic narrative, the boundaries of their societies. Rather than being the relics of a faded ritual tradition or the products of Orphic influence, these myths can only reveal their meanings through this detailed analysis of the specific ways in which each author makes use of the tradition.
Title:Myths of the Underworld Journey: Plato, Aristophanes, and the Orphic Gold TabletsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:September 20, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521834341

ISBN - 13:9780521834346

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the start of the journey; 2. Roadmaps of déviance: the 'Orphic' gold tablets; 3. Descent into the depths of comedy: The Frogs of Aristophanes; 4. The upward path of philosophy: the myth in Plato's Phaedo; 5. Conclusions: the end of the road.

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