Interpreting Early Hellenistic Religion.
Foundation of the Finnish Institute of Athens, Helsinki, 1996. 175,(12)p. Sewn. Back cover a little bit creased. Series: papers and Monographs of the Finish Institue at Athens, Vol. III. (Rare). 'This study deals with early Hellenistic religion in Greece, especially in Athens. Its focus is the examination of the nature of Hellenistic religion on the basis of two cults, the Great Mysteries of Demeter and the cult of Isis, both of which are claimed to be mystery cults. (...) The problem of mystery religions is studied because both of the cults studied here are called mystery cults in the research literature. In Athens during the period under examination, however, the two cults differed radically from each other, and, in fact, the Athenian third-century cult of Isis should not be called a mystery cult at all. This observation provides an interesting opportunity for the examination of the concept of the mysteries, and to try to determine an approximate date for the emergence of the mysteries of Isis in Greece, by comparing its contents and structures with that of her cult in Rome, where it certainly was a mystery cult.' (PETRA PAKKANEN, in the Introduction, pp.1-2). From the library of Professor Carl Deroux.