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The Derveni Papyrus

Unearthing Ancient Mysteries

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Edited by Marco Antonio Santamaría Álvarez

The Derveni Papyrus: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries is devoted to this fascinating and challenging document, discovered in 1962 in a tomb in Derveni, near Thessaloniki, and dated c. 340-320 BCE. It contains a text probably written at the end of 5th c. BCE, which after some reflections on minor divinities and unusual cults, comments upon a poem attributed to Orpheus from an allegorical and philosophical perspective. This volume focuses on the restoration and conservation of the papyrus, the ideas of the anonymous author about Erinyes and daimons, the quoted Orphic poem in comparison with Hesiod’s Theogony and Parmenides’ poem, the exegetical approach of the commentator, his cosmogonic system, his attitude regarding mystery cults and his peculiar theology.

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Edited by Angelos Chaniotis, Thomas Corsten, Nikolaos Papazarkadas, Eftychia Stavrianopoulou and Rolf Tybout

SEG LXIV covers the publications of the year 2014, with occasional additions from previous years that we missed in earlier volumes and from studies published after 2013 but pertaining to material from 2014.

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Volume-editor Marco Antonio Santamaría

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Marco Antonio Santamaría

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Volume-editor Marco Antonio Santamaría