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The Orphic Diet
The Orphic Diet

Author(s): Ewa Osek
Subject(s): Philosophy, Language and Literature Studies, Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Social history, Ancient World, Theology and Religion
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Instytut Filologii Klasycznej
Keywords: Orphic diet; vegetarianism; Pythagoreanism; taboo foods; sacrifices; mysteries; Graeco-Roman religion

Summary/Abstract: The paper discusses the dietary prohibitions implied by Orpheus’ poems, the so-called Orphica, attested since ca. 444 BC; the interrelations between the Orphic diet and the taboos observed by early Pythagoreans (520–360 BC); the reasons why the adherents of Orphic movement used to abstain from meat, beans, and eggs; and the virtual Orphic menu.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 25-200
  • Page Count: 176
  • Language: English