Tuesday 25 October: Making Sacred

Myth Reading Group
Tuesday 25 October 2011
5 – 6 p.m.
Room 5A.330

Dr Leon Burnett, Director of the Centre for Myth Studies, will introduce our theme of sacrifice with a few words on bulls … and the dreadful things that humans have done to them.

Leon has supplied the following texts:

01 Taurobolium

Taurobolium consists of: a translation from Peristephanon, a text by Prudentius (Prudentius, Peristephanon, Carmen X, 1011-50, trans. C. K. Barrett, (London: SPCK 1956), pp. 96-7); an entry from the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911); and an illustration of the sacrifice (Taurobolium, or Consecration of the Priests of Cybele under Antoninus Pius, engraving by Bernhard Rode (c. 1780, public domain).

02 Tauroctony [link expired]

Tauroctony consists of: an illustration of the Mithraic sacrifice and part of an account by Richard Noll on the sacrificial practice and its place in the split between Freud and Jung (Richard Noll, The Aryan Christ: The Secret Life of Carl Jung, New York, Random House, 1997, pp. 134-36).

If you would like to read more, there are also two supplementary texts for further reference:

03 Martha Blake on Sacrifice [weblink, updated 2017]

This long piece should be useful in its comprehensiveness for the series of Myth Reading Group sessions in the Autumn term as a whole.

04 Gilles de Rais

Leon’s introduction to Val Morgan’s book on Gilles de Rais sets out in three pages Leon’s own theorising on the meaning of sacrifice (Leon Burnett, ‘Gilles de Rais: Man of Culture’ in Val Morgan, The Legend of Gilles de Rais (1404-1440) in the Writings of Huysmans, Bataille, Planchon, and Tournier, Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2003, xi-xvi).

Autumn of Sacrifice poster

Image from photograph by Ben Pestell

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