Psyche: The Cult of Souls and the Belief in Immortality Among the Greeks (Paperback)
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Short Description for Psyche A classic examination of the soul and its relation to life before and after death, from Homeric poetry to Plutarch.
- Published: 16 November 2010
- Format: Paperback 644 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415614016 ISBN 10: 0415614015
- Sales rank: 1,435,303
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Full description for Psyche
In this work, first published in two volumes in 1890 and 1894, Erwin Rohde (1845 1898), the German classical scholar and friend of Nietzsche, describes the ancient Greek cult of souls and establishes the sources of the belief in the immortality of the soul, exploring its relation to life both before and after death. This belief in the survival of the soul already existed in the earliest Greek writings, but when and from where did it originate? Volume 2 examines the question in the context of the worship of Dionysos, arguing that there were originally many sides to the cult of the wine-god, and that one of these may have been the source of this belief. Psyche, reissued here in the 1898 edition, remains a standard reference work on this topic.