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Chapter Three. The Use Of Τελετη After Alexander

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This chapter provides a new and noteworthy explanation of the word τελετή, perhaps approximated by the translation 'end doctrine'. To Chrysippus, the contents of the τελεταí are mythological-philosophical statements about the gods, i.e. nothing but the familiar Stoic allegorization of popular religion. In 1.23, τελετή appears several times in the story of how Orpheus brought secret rites from Egypt to Greece (Thebes). τελετή is almost always a ceremony of a special nature, sometimes with a symbolical meaning, sometimes secret; in quite a few cases, the magical meaning of the word is evident, especially in the magical papyri. When τελεταí refer to mystery rites, one can see magic acts in them, according to some scholars.

Keywords: τελετή; τελεταí; Chrysippus



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