Mystai, subtitled Dancing Out the Mysteries of Dionysos analyses the mystery cult of Dionysos, by examining the Dionysian-themed frescoes of Pompeii's Villa of the Mysteries. Drawing on the very latest scholarship, philology, and the comparative ethnography of initiatory ritual, Peter Mark Adams provides a vivid performative analysis of how the frescoes show a rite of theurgic initiation into the mysteries of Dionysos. 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.

London: Scarlet Imprint, 2019. Large format Hardback, 179 pages. Hand-numbered, Limited edition, bound in Purple Cloth. Blind embossed and stamped in gold, textured red Pompeiian endpapers. 


Mystai - Peter Mark Adams