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Orphic Traditions and the Birth of the Gods

Dwayne A. Meisner


Orphic Tradition and the Birth of the Gods is a literary history that attempts to reconstruct the fragments of four theogonies that were attributed to the legendary singer Orpheus: the Derveni, Eudemian, Hieronyman, and Rhapsodic Theogonies. Most modern scholars have described these poems as if they were similar to Hesiod’s Theogony—lengthy chronological accounts of the births of the gods from the beginning of time to the present—but this book suggests that a better model for understanding how these poems were composed is to see each of them as an individual product of bricolage (as explained ... More

Keywords: Orphism, Theogony, bricolage, Derveni Papyrus, Eudemian Theogony, Hieronyman Theogony, Rhapsodies, Phanes, Zeus, Dionysus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190663520
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190663520.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dwayne A. Meisner, author
Sessional Lecturer, Campion College, University of Regina