Author: Nonnus (of Panopolis.)
Publisher: Loeb Classical Library
Category: Poetry
Page: 516
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Nonnos of Panopolis in Egypt, who lived in the fifth century of our era, composed the last great epic poem of antiquity. The Dionysiaca, in 48 books, has for its chief theme the expedition of Dionysus against the Indians; but the poet contrives to include all the adventures of the god (as well as much other mythological lore) in a narrative which begins with chaos in heaven and ends with the apotheosis of Ariadne's crown. The wild ecstasy inspired by the god is certainly reflected in the poet's style, which is baroque, extravagant, and unrestrained. It seems that Nonnos was in later years converted to Christianity, for in marked contrast to the Dionysiaca, a poem dealing unreservedly with classical myths and redolent of a pagan outlook, there is extant and ascribed to him a hexameter paraphrase of the Gospel of John. The Loeb Classical Library edition of the Dionysiaca is in three volumes.

Tusculan Disputations

Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero,W. H. Main
Publisher: Palala Press
ISBN: 9781378648858
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 302
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The Fall of Troy

Author: Quintus (Smyrnaeus)
Publisher: Heinemann Young Books
Category: Epic poetry, Greek
Page: 627
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Quintus was a poet who lived at Smyrna some four hundred years after Christ. His work, in fourteen books, is a bold and generally underrated attempt in Homer's style to complete the story of Troy from the point at which the Iliad closes. Quintus tells us the stories of Penthesilea, the Amazonian queen; Memnon, leader of the Ethiopians; the death of Achilles; the contest for Achilles' arms between Ajax and Odysseus; the arrival of Philoctetes; and the making of the wooden horse. The poem ends with the departure of the Greeks and the great storm which by the wrath of heaven shattered their fleet. -- jacket


Author: Lucian (of Samosata.)
Publisher: London : New York : W. Heinemann ; Macmillan
Category: Satire, Greek
Page: N.A
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Redefining Ancient Orphism

A Study in Greek Religion
Author: Radcliffe G. Edmonds III
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107038219
Category: History
Page: 464
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In a paradigm shift, redefines Orphism as a polemical label for extra-ordinary religion, good or bad.

Masks of Dionysus

Author: Thomas H. Carpenter,Christopher A. Faraone
Publisher: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 344
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Alexandria and Alexandrianism

Papers Delivered at a Symposium Organized by The J. Paul Getty Museum and The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities and Held at the Museum, April 22–25, 1993
Author: J. Paul Getty Museum
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 0892362928
Category: Art
Page: 302
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One of the great seats of learning and repositories of knowledge in the ancient world, Alexandria, and the great school of thought to which it gave its name, made a vital contribution to the development of intellectual and cultural heritage in the Occidental world. This book brings together twenty papers delivered at a symposium held at the J. Paul Getty Museum on the subject of Alexandria and Alexandrianism. Subjects range from “The Library of Alexandria and Ancient Egyptian Learning” and “Alexander’s Alexandria” to “Alexandria and the Origins of Baroque Architecture.” With nearly two hundred illustrations, this handsome volume presents some of the world’s leading scholars on the continuing influence and fascination of this great city. The distinguished contributors include Peter Green, R. R. R. Smith, and the late Bernard Bothmer.

Valerius Flaccus: Argonautica

Author: Valerius Flaccus
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316381048
Category: History
Page: N.A
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Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica is one of the most significant surviving works of Flavian epic, which has recently become much more popular as a field of study and teaching in Latin literature. This is the first commentary in English directly tailored to the needs of graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It provides an introduction to the major themes of the poem and the structure and content of Book III in particular which can function as an overview of the key features of Flavian epic. The detailed commentary on Book III discusses linguistic issues, intertextual and mythical allusions and thematic strands. The book consists of two major episodes in the adventures of Jason and the Argonauts which can be read together or independently of each other.

The Poems of Exile

Tristia and the Black Sea Letters
Author: Ovid
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520242609
Category: History
Page: 451
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"This is no small achievement. For the language-lover the translation provides elegant, flowing English verse, for the classicist it conveys close approximation to the Latin meaning coupled with a sense of the movement and rhythmic variety of Ovid's language"--Geraldine Herbert-Brown, editor of Ovid's Fasti: Historical Readings at its Bimillennium "This book fills a gap. There is no similar annotated English translation of Ovid's exile poetry. Thoroughly grounded in Ovidian scholarship, Green's introduction and notes are helpful and informative. The translation is accurate, idiomatic, and lively, closely imitating the Latin elegiac couplet and capturing Ovid's changing moods."--Karl Galinsky, author of Ovid's Metamorphoses: An Introduction to the Basic Aspects

Library Lily

Author: Gillian Shields
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780802854018
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 26
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Lily loves to read. She is fascinated by the stories in her books, and reads wherever she goes through summer, autumn, winter, and spring. But one day, Lily meets a girl who hates reading. Milly invites Lily to have adventures of her own outside the pages of a book. Together the two friends help each other discover the joy of both backyards and books and find on the way that adventures are best with a friend along.

Persephone's Quest

Entheogens and the Origins of Religion
Author: Robert Gordon Wasson,Stella Kramrisch,Jonathan Ott,Carl A. P. Ruck
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300052664
Category: Philosophy
Page: 257
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This fascinating book discusses the role played by psychoactive mushrooms in the religious rituals of ancient Greece, Eurasia, and Mesoamerica. R. Gordon Wasson, an internationally known ethnomycologist who was one of the first to investigate how these mushrooms were venerated and used by different native peoples, here joins with three other scholars to discuss his discoveries about these fungi, which he has called entheogens, or 'god generated within.'

Poems in Context

Greek Poetry in the Egyptian Thebaid 200-600 AD
Author: Laura Miguélez-Cavero
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 311021041X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 453
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Examining carefully the Egyptian epic hexameter production from the 3rd to the 6th centuries AD, especially that of the southern region (Thebaid), this study provides an image of three centuries in the history of the Graeco-Egyptian literature, in which authors and poetry are related directly to the social-economic, cultural and literary contexts from which they come. Laura Miguélez Cavero demonstrates that the traditional image of a “school of Nonnos” is not justified ‑ rather, Triphiodorus, Nonnus, Musaeus, Colluthus, Cyrus of Panopolis and Christodorus of Coptos are just the tip of a literary iceberg we know of only to some extent through the texts that papyri offer us.

Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China

Patterns of Literary Circulation
Author: Alexander Beecroft
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139484249
Category: History
Page: N.A
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In this book, Alexander Beecroft explores how the earliest poetry in Greece (Homeric epic and lyric) and China (the Canon of Songs) evolved from being local, oral, and anonymous to being textualised, interpreted, and circulated over increasingly wider areas. Beecroft re-examines representations of authorship as found in poetic biographies such as Lives of Homer and the Zuozhuan, and in the works of other philosophical and historical authors like Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, Confucius, and Sima Qian. Many of these anecdotes and narratives have long been rejected as spurious or motivated by naïve biographical criticism. Beecroft argues that these texts effectively negotiated the tensions between local and pan-cultural audiences. The figure of the author thus served as a catalyst to a sense of shared cultural identity in both the Greek and Chinese worlds. It also facilitated the emergence of both cultures as the bases for cosmopolitan world orders.

Dionysiaca, Volume III

Author: Nonnos,Of Nonnus, Panopolis
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674993938
Page: 516
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The epic Dionysiaca by Nonnos of Panopolis in Egypt (fifth century CE) concerns Dionysus earthly career from birth at Thebes to reception on Olympus. In a poem full of mythology, astrology, and magic, Nonnos relates the god s conquest of the East and also, sensually and explicitly, his amorous adventures.

The Researcher's Library of Ancient Texts - Volume III

The Septuagint: Translation by Sir Lancelot C. L. Brenton 1851
Author: Thomas Horn
Publisher: Defender Pub Llc
ISBN: 9780985604547
Category: Reference
Page: 825
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The Septuagint (or "LXX", or "Greek Old Testament") is a translation of the Hebrew Old Testament and certain Apocrypha, which was sponsored according to tradition in the late 3rd century BC by Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the king of Ptolemaic Egypt (283 BC to 246 BC). The Greek translation was originally created for use by the Alexandrian Jews who were fluent in Koine Greek, but not in Hebrew. Thus the Septuagint is sometimes called the "Apostle's Bible" and the one that Jesus and his disciples would have had access to. It is quoted in the New Testament by writers such as the Apostle Paul, and remained the Scripture of use by the Apostolic Fathers. The translation of the Septuagint into English by Sir Lancelot C. L. Brenton was first published in 1851 and was based primarily upon the Codex Vaticanus, one of the oldest extant manuscripts of the Greek Bible. It remains the standard of use by many scholars and students of Scripture and history. Contained in this volume (The Researchers Library of Ancient Texts Volume III): The English Translation of the Greek Septuagint Bible, Including the Apocrypha.