Myth Reading Group
Tuesday 25 October 2011
5 – 6 p.m.
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:
Taurobolium consists of: a translation from Peristephanon, a text by Prudentius; an entry from the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911); and an illustration of the sacrifice.
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.
If you would like to read more, there are also two supplementary texts for further reference:
This long piece should be useful in its comprehensiveness for the series of Myth Reading Group sessions in the Autumn term as a whole.
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.