Brill’s New Pauly

Get access

Cabiri
(2,062 words)

(Κάβειροι; Kábeiroi, Lat. Cabiri). A group of divine beings (usually two), appearing occasionally but also one alone. They can be found in a series of local  mystery cults, were not actually Pan-Hellenic, and according to ancient views, were pre-Greek or not even Greek at all (Phrygian or Thracian) (overviews [1; 2]).

[German version]

A. Name

The origin and meaning of the name C. are vague, the spelling not entirely clear: The texts traditionally use Kábeiroi, dialectal inscriptions…

Cite this page
Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Cabiri”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e604790>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



▲   Back to top   ▲