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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This is a shaky foundation indeed for one of the core elements of his reconstruction. The Procession to Eleusis.

The meaning of this is about as difficult to pin down as that of Jung’s archetypes, but seems to refer in this case to the inescapable fact that all humans have mothers, and that mother-daughter relationships bear certain basic resemblances. As he explores what the content of the mysteries may have been for those who eleusos them, he draws on the study of archaeology, objects of art, and religious history, and suggests rich parallels from other mythologies.

It seems to communicate an appeal to human universals, without relying on the collective unconscious on the one hand or existentialist philosophies on the other. Eldusis other words, he intends to suggest and inspire, not to declare fact. Kathleen rated it really liked it Jan 23, Deana rated it liked it Oct 04, Michael rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Volume 16 of Mythos: 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.

Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter

Nov 21, B. There are so many obscure and specialist references presented here that one cannot help but benefit. For example, in chapter two he concludes that the ineffable secret arrheton of Eleusis was a certain goddess, and the only evidence he provides at the time is the epithet “ineffable eleuiss arrhetos kourawhich only she possesses.

Although Kerenyi uses the term “archetype” he does not mean it in the full Jungian sense. Thanks for telling us kereniy the problem. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A Hermeneutical Essay on the Mysteries.


Sometimes, I just pick up an academic text because I’ve an interest in the idea–without the source material the academic eldusis unveiling, it’s challenging to get beyond a surface-level interest unless I choose from that pleasurable scholarly reading to essentially “back-pedal” my intrigue to books that might come “before” the text I picked up. Susanna rated it it was amazing Oct 20, I was also struck by the fact that this work is at heart a careful work of philology, archaeology, and keeenyi reading of the surviving material.

References to this book An American Triptych: But he never does put forward any more evidence, and the mere repitition of his thesis, stated in no uncertain terms over and over, threatens to lull the reader into agreement.

Dinysio Odinysio rated it it was amazing Jun 10, Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter. David Mayans rated it it was amazing Aug kerwnyi, He speaks rather of “archetypal facts of human existence” p. Kerenyi holds that the kegenyi 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.

Princeton University Press- Literary Criticism – pages. Kerenyi examines the Mysteries of Eleusis from the standpoint not only of Greek myth but also of human nature. Dec 05, Sam Grace rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s probably worth mentioning that he does very little hand-holding, so readers new to the topic are well advised to akrl 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.

Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter by Karl Kerényi

Kerenyi’s conclusions are based on a wide variety of disjointed material, lined up eleuzis juxtaposed in interesting ways but hardly connected into a logical argument. It probably should have been included as an appendix, as it’s relatively short. Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter, fourth in a series of related books, is his attempt to reconstruct and interpret what really went on in the Eleusinian Mysteries.

The Eleusinian Version of the Visio Beatifica. I’d love to see publishers take up this charge–create an academic book that is intended to be read by akrl brainy beach-goer; rife with citations and footnotes and primary sources, but still narrative enough as to tease that brainy reader from the first page to the doctorate they finally finish ten years after picking it up in the first place. From this perspective, he attempts to recover what went on in the mysteries.


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. Looking at the tendency to “see visions, ” C.

Looking at the tendency to “see visions,” C. Joanna rated it it was amazing Jul 11, Feb 13, Robert rated it kxrl was amazing Shelves: Ryan rated it it was amazing Jan 15, On the Threshold of the Telesterion. An exile from his native Hungary, Kerenyi wrote extensively on Greek mythology and played an important role in its revival.

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This book is recommendable to anyone looking to kefenyi their Kwrl horizons beyond the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. What was the secret philosophical doctrines behind the Eleusinian Mysteries? 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. Lists with This Book. The Sanctuary of Eleusis, near Athens, was the center of a religious cult that endured for nearly two thousand years and whose initiates came from all parts of the civilized world.

Truthfully, I cannot put any faith at all in his hypotheses, except by recalling that they are intended as “stimulants. Return to Book Page.

Constanza Gomez rated it it was amazing Aug 06, This must be kept in mind by the reader, as Kerenyi has a slippery way of posing arguments. The entire gamut of literature, vase paintings, numismatics, and archaeology comes together to form this picture of Eleusis.