Roman religion/ Dionysius
April 10, 2005 6:42 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for some good websites with information on ancient Roman and/or Greek religion. Information on Dionysius- cult, temples, etc.- would be even better. Thanks.
posted by rbf1138 to Education (9 answers total)
Did you search Wikipedia?
posted by SpecialK at 6:44 PM on April 10, 2005

posted by tozturk at 6:48 PM on April 10, 2005

Although if you're doing this for a school project, Wikipedia and other web sources are likely not the best sources to use. I'd head down to your friendly local public library and look up information the old-fashioned way...
posted by SpecialK at 6:50 PM on April 10, 2005

The secondary sources on Perseus might help you get started. They're often out of date, but nearly all are online versions of standard reference works, so you can cite them without too much guilt.

Better yet, buy a copy of Burkert's Greek Religion.
posted by felix betachat at 7:22 PM on April 10, 2005

Robert Graves: The Greek Myths would be one of the absolute bog-standard texts in the field.

I'd check Betachat's suggestion first, though, as he seems to be one hell of an expert on religious matters.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 8:00 PM on April 10, 2005

There are numerous online copies of Frazer's Golden Bough. He has an entire chapter on the Dionysus myth.

While the work is in some ways out of date, it's also considered by many to be one of the foundations of modern anthropology.

(Not to mention an amazing accomplishment for a psychiatrist who spent most of his time drinking in a Boston sports bar before getting a radio call-in show in Seattle. --Roseanne Rosanna Orthoganaladana).
posted by orthogonality at 9:23 PM on April 10, 2005

When I did Hellenistic religion in college, the two main texts were Simon Price's Religions of the Ancient Greeks and John Ferguson's Religions of the Roman Empire. Both have material on Dionysos and the various other figures with which he as identified (e.g., Liber-Dionysos).
posted by ubernostrum at 10:23 PM on April 10, 2005

This site ‘dealing with classical mystery religions, focusing on the Orphic, Bacchic and Elusinian mysteries’ looks like a good resource.
posted by misteraitch at 1:20 AM on April 11, 2005

This too, is a good source of many, many pantheons and their belief systems.
posted by Dagobert at 6:13 AM on April 11, 2005

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