Mystery Cults in the Ancient World

by Thames & Hudson


A landmark study of ancient Greek and Roman cults, from the nocturnal mysteries at Eleusis to the cults of Dionysus and Mithras.

Mystery cults were an important part of life in the ancient Mediterranean world, but their rituals and the meanings behind them – what participants experienced, and how they understood those experiences – were closely guarded secrets. Hugh Bowden explores the major mystery cults of the ancient world, considering the artistic and archaeological evidence to reconstruct the rituals and explore their origins. In doing so, he brings us into the shadowy world of the ancient mystery cults, and shows us what it was like to participate in these life changing ceremonies.

'A wonderful revelation. Piece by archaeological and textual piece, Bowden jigsaw-puzzles together the heady, high-octane, highly-charged world of mystery ritual in Greece and Rome'


Size:19.8 x 12.9 cm

Extent:320 pp


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