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Author Shorrock, Robert.

Title The myth of paganism : Nonnus, Dionysus and the world of late antiquity / Robert Shorrock.

Imprint London : Bristol Classical Press, 2011.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  883.01 N733dDs 2011    ---  Available
Description ix, 181 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Classical literature and society
Classical literature and society.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-174) and index.
Contents Introduction : the myth of paganism -- Inspiration and authority : the voice of the poet in late antiquity -- Christ and Dionysus : Nonnus' Paraphrase of St. John's Gospel -- Dionysus and Christ : Nonnus' Dionysiaca -- The poetics of late antiquity.
Summary "Traditional and still prevalent accounts of late antique literature draw a clear distinction between 'pagan' and 'Christian' forms of poetry: whereas 'Christian' poetry is taken seriously in terms its contribution to culture and society at large, 'pagan' or 'secular' poetry is largely ignored, as though it has no meaningful part to play within the late antique world. The Myth of Paganism sets out to deconstruct this view of two contrasting poetic traditions and proposes in its place a new integrated model for the understanding of late antique poetry. As the book argues, the poet of Christ and the poet of the Muses were drawn together into an active, often provocative, dialogue about the relationship between Christianity and the Classical tradition and, ultimately, about the meaning of late antiquity itself. An analysis of the poetry of Nonnus of Panopolis, author of both a 'pagan' epic about Dionysus and a 'Christian' translation of St John's Gospel, helps to illustrate this complex dialectic between 'pagan' and 'Christian' voices."--P. [4] of cover.
Subject Nonnus, of Panopolis. Dionysiaca.
Paganism in literature.
ISBN 9780715636688 (pbk.)
0715636685 (pbk.)

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