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The Arts - Commentary on 'The Villa of Mysteries'
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I have always appreciated a good title. Any reader knows an ineffective title can immediately snuff out interest and the book is often re-shelved with indifference. An enticing and succinct title, however, can be the catalyst that incites curiosity and enthusiasm, leaving the reader yearning to know more. The Dionysian Initiation, Villa of the Mysteries, in Pompeii is a provocative title that captures my attention and perfectly describes the imagery for which it is named. I’m left with questions such as, “Initiation of whom? And into what? For what reason?” I find the definite article and the specificity it deliberately conveys fascinating, suggesting something special about the “Mysteries” to which it refers. Pondering these “Mysteries” is what I feel tasked with when looking at the Dionysian Initiation.

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