'A wonderful revelation. Piece by archaeological and textual piece, Bowden jigsaw-puzzles together the heady, high-octane, highly-charged world of mystery ritual in Greece and Rome'
'Bowden debunks an impressive number of myths about ancient mystery religions'
Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement
'Will be of immense value not just to those studying Greek and Roman civilizations but to students of early Christianity ... a most valuable survey'
'As clear and well-informed an account as one could imagine. In a highly accessible way Hugh Bowden puts together the literary and material evidence. Well-paced and an attractive read'
Robin Osborne, Professor of Ancient History, University of Cambridge