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Mythology Cafe: The Bull in Classical Myth and Religion with Prof. Jeffrey Brodd

                      The Bull in Classical Myth and Religion

The bull figures prominently in myths and religions around the world as sacred animal and symbol. In this study we focus on the role of the bull in classical Greek and Roman myth and religion. We begin by considering various mythic narratives and motifs—Europa, the Minotaur, Herakles and the Cretan Bull—and the rich array of artistic creations associated with them. Drawing on the works of Jung, Campbell, and others we ask whether these narratives and motifs might be manifestations of universals. We then study the bull in Greek and Roman religious rituals, most especially as a prominent victim in blood sacrifice, and in religious symbolism, widespread in Minoan civilization and, many centuries later, featured in the Mithraic religion. We conclude by discussing the interrelationship of myth and religion.

Jeffrey Brodd is Chair and Professor of Humanities & Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento. He is the author of World Religions: A Voyage of Discovery, Third Edition and Primary Source Readings in World Religions (both from Saint Mary’s Press), co-author of Invitation to World Religions (Oxford University Press), and co-editor of Rome and Religion: A Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue on the Imperial Cult (Society of Biblical Literature).



Please allow 90 minutes for this meeting including discussion and Q&A

Seating is limited, first come first served.

As usual, meetings are free, but we would welcome small voluntary donations to be forwarded for the maintenance of the Joseph Campbell® Foundation's Mythological RoundTable® Program.

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  • Art L.

    Great presentation by Pro. Brodd! Informative, perceptive, entertaining. As the owner of the cafe it is annoying that so many folks RSVPED and failed to show up. I plan according to that list. Please be more considerate in the future.

    February 12, 2014

  • Bob C.

    Love Campbell's work and passion, looking forward to the evening!

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • C. James T.

    Dr Brodd was my professor at CSUS and is an awesome speaker and lecturer, dont miss him!!!

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Jackie

    We are very exited to attend!

    1 · January 17, 2014

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