Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter. Front Cover. Karl Kerényi. Routledge & Kegan Paul, – Eleusinian mysteries – pages. Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter. Front Cover. Karl Kerényi. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 1, – Eleusinian mysteries – Eleusis has ratings and 6 reviews. Barnaby said: The only other book I’ve spent any time with by Kerényi is his Greek Gods, which I found encyclope.

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Nov 03, Araminta Matthews rated fleusis really liked it. Contents The Geographical and Chronological Setting. The entire gamut of literature, vase paintings, numismatics, and archaeology comes together to form this picture of Eleusis. The Secret of Eleusis. Kerenyi holds that the yearly autumnal “mysteries” were based on the ancient myth of Demeter’s search for her ravished daughter Persephone–a search that he equates not only with woman’s quest for completion but also with every person’s pursuit of identity.

It’s probably worth mentioning that he does very little hand-holding, so readers new to the topic are well advised to do some preliminary work by perhaps reading an encyclopedia article or three to absorb the basics, and one certainly wants to have good familiarity with the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. What Happened by the Ilissos? Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter.

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User Review – Flag as inappropriate great book. Open Preview See a Eleuzis The book has all the excitement of a detective novel unfolding, and when he brings you inside the Telesterion at last, it’s purely electrifying. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Although we cannot know for sure, Karl Kerenyi provides a very plausible possibility.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The Purification of Herakles. He says “My book should act as the kykeon of Eleusis in all probability did: Goodreads helps you keep track of books kerdnyi want to read. As he explores what the content of the mysteries may have been for those who experienced them, he draws on the study of archaeology, objects of art, and religious history, and suggests rich parallels from other mythologies.

From this perspective, he attempts to recover what went on in the mysteries. Deana rated it liked it Oct 04, There are so many obscure and specialist references presented here that one cannot help but benefit.

An exile from his native Hungary, Kerenyi wrote extensively on Greek mythology and played an important role in its revival. Julio Zeledon rated it really liked it May 06, Kerenyi examines the Mysteries of Eleusis from the standpoint not only of Greek myth but kereyni of human nature.

Truthfully, I cannot put any faith at all in his hypotheses, except by recalling that they are intended as “stimulants. Looking at the tendency to “see visions,” C. The Procession to Eleusis.

References to this book An American Triptych: On the Threshold of the Telesterion. The real action is in his reconstruction. Jaseena AL rated it liked it Jul 01, Other editions – View all Eleusis: But as he assembled evidence I became increasingly persuaded by his interpretation, as he demonstrated one element of the ritual after another to be clearly modeled on the Homeric hymn.

It seems to communicate an appeal to human universals, without relying on the collective unconscious kereny the one hand or existentialist philosophies on the other.


Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter

Kathleen rated it really liked it Jan 23, In other words, he intends to suggest and inspire, not to declare fact. David Mayans rated it it was amazing Aug 12, Kerenyi then defers further evidence till later, saying “This becomes comprehensible only as we gradually penetrate to the core of the Mysteries” p.

HollowayStephanie A. A useful exploration into the Eleusinian Mysteries and the historical and contextual primary and secondary accounts we have about this stronghold in Greek and beyond cultural activity. It probably should have been included as an appendix, as it’s relatively short.

The Myths concerning Demeter. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Jan 26, Barnaby Thieme rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although Kerenyi uses the term “archetype” he does not mean it in the full Jungian sense. Otherwise, we must toggle between versions of the source simultaneously as we examine the analysis of those versions. The Cost of Initiation.

Often it is quite difficult to discern what that picture is exactly, but nevertheless there are stimulants for research on every page that would take a lifetime for the amateur Classicist to accumulate. What was the secret philosophical doctrines behind the Eleusinian Mysteries?

One final note – the book is replete with useful pictures, which sometimes aren’t adequately detailed to supplement his careful reading of the archaeological objects, but it’s terrific nonetheless to see some of the sites and objects related in the Hymn in excellent reproductions.