Myths of the Underworld Journey

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Author  Radcliffe G. Edmonds III
Publisher  Cambridge University Press
Publication Date   September 20, 2004
ISBN  0521834341
Pages  292

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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.

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