Mystai, subtitled Dancing Out the Mysteries of Dionysos, analyses the mystery cult of Dionysos by examining the frescoes of Pompeii's Villa of the Mysteries. The author draws on philology, comparative ethnography and iconographic study to unpack the images showing an initiation rite. Adams presents his findings in terms of theurgy, and brings his own insights and conclusions. The material is beautifully presented with full-colour and monochrome images of the frescoes themselves, as well as ritual bowls and vases. A must for anyone who wants to probe deeper into the initiatory and ritual mysteries of the ancient world. Large format softback, with high production values.
London: Scarlet Imprint, 2019. Softback, 179 pages. New.