The Challenge of Epic

Allusive Engagement in the Dionysiaca of Nonnus
Brill (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 8. Dezember 2000
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 248 Seiten
978-90-04-11795-2 (ISBN)
This book will be of specific interest to academics and students working in the area of late-antique literature, and more broadly, to those with an interest in intertextuality, metapoetry and the epic tradition.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • mit Schutzumschlag
  • Höhe: 249 mm
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  • Breite: 161 mm
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  • Dicke: 25 mm
  • 606 gr
978-90-04-11795-2 (9789004117952)
9004117954 (9004117954)
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Robert Shorrock read Classics at University College, Durham and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1999. He now teaches at Eton College, Windsor and is currently at work on a monograph on word play in late Antiquity.
Nonnus once vied with Homer for popularity; today his 'Dionysiaca' languishes in obscurity. 'The Challenge of Epic' offers a literary critical rehabilitation of Nonnus' fifth-century AD poem. It argues that modern neglect stems from a failure to appreciate the central position of allusion in late-antique poetry.
Attention first focuses on intertextual allusion. It is argued that the poet draws on a plethora of allusions to the cycle of Greek mythology in order to imbue his specific narrative with a universal significance. Focus then shifts to metapoetic allusion: the way in which Nonnus alludes self-consciously to the process of writing, and develops parallels between himself and his subject, Dionysus.
Through an appreciation of Nonnus' alllusive strategies, the modern reader can again engage with the mind-bending challenge of the 'Dionysiaca'.

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