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Adams, Peter Mark
Mystai: Dancing Out the Mysteries of Dionysos (Fine Edition Limited to 64 copies)
[UK]: Scarlet Imprint, 2019. First Edition. Hardcover. Landscape quarto. Bound in three quarter purple goatskin, marbled boards and endpapers, all edges gilt, finished with a silk ribbon and presented in a purple cloth solander box with embossed designs and gilt title across front. This is the Fine Edition, limted to 64 hand-numbered copies, this being No. 10. 192 pages. With 38 images including full colour photographs of the restored frescoes. A fine copy in a fine solander box. An absolutely beautiful production. The Dionysian themed frescos of Pompeii's Villa of the Mysteries constitute the single most important theurgical narrative to have survived in the Western esoteric tradition. No other practitioner account of the ritual process for conducting a mystery rite has survived down to today. The frescoes' vivid and allusive imagery illuminates both the ritual activity of the participants as well as its esoteric import. The frescoes, created in the most private rooms of the extensive Roman villa, were never meant to be seen by anyone other than the members of the all-female Bakkhic thiasos who conducted their most secret rites within them. Buried and preserved for posterity by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE, these stunning proto-Renaissance images guide the viewer through the consecutive stages of a theurgic rite of initiation into the mysteries of Dionysos. Arising from within the unique interface between Greek and Roman culture in Southern Italy, the frescoes attest to the survival of an unbroken initiatic tradition of Bakkhic mystery rites on the Italian peninsula … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Richard Bishop Bookseller [United States]
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