In the first book to discuss the problem of the gods across the entire classical literary tradition, rather than in a few individual works, Professor Feeney draws upon the writings of the ancient critics, and looks in detail at the work of ...
Author: D. C. Feeney
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
The role of the gods in the classical world's epic tradition has been the subject of controversy since ancient times, and many modern readers continue to find their presence a source of frustration. Although the problem of the gods in some individual works has been intensely discussed, this is the first study to be devoted to the classical literary tradition as a whole, together with the apparatus of critical scholarship which was part of that tradition. The work of the ancient critics provides some access to the interpretative conventions of the original reading community, while their theories of fiction and genre also shed light on the problems of the truth-value of epic fiction and the kind of belief that poetry generates. Their work is only a preliminary guide, however, and the major portion of this study is devoted to the poets themselves and to the themes particularly associated with them: discussion of fiction is located with Apollonius, allegory with Statius, anthropomorphism with Ovid, and so on. The survey seeks to restore a sense of the power of this unique form of fiction.
“When the gods want something, they get it no matter what.” “Meaning we have to play her little game or she will kill us,” said Hilus. He sighed. “Are the gods all this crazy or is she just special?” “Please do not insult the gods, ...
Author: Timothy L. Cerepaka
Publisher: Annulus Publishing
Having completed his training among the Dracone, Keo travels south to the country of the Divinians, intending to reunite with his friends, who he had sent ahead of him to prepare the country for his arrival. But then Keo learns that his friends have been captured by the country's people, who intend to execute them for daring to announce Keo's arrival. In addition, Keo has only a week to reach the country's capital and save his friends, which means he has no time to waste. To save his friends, Keo must travel to the country's capital before the date of the execution, battling demons, enemy soldiers, and other obstacles that attempt to stop him from preventing the execution of his friends. With the shadow of the demons growing ever larger, Keo cannot afford to fail to save his friends and convince the Divinians who the real enemy is.
God's creation in the first three creative containers accommodated what was to be created in the last three containers. Each of the first six creative containers has the same internal structural design. Each container is like a creative ...
Author: Winn Griffin
Publisher: Harmon Press
Griffin uses Bishop Tom Wright's five-act-play model as a way of presenting Scripture as a full-length story in order to assist the reader in a better reading experience of the text. (Christian)
... inevitability of epic narrative, even for Zeus, and he gives Athene dispensation to go down to the battlefield and assist the story in following its course. The controlling gaze of Zeus is tempered by the corporate gaze of the gods, ...
Author: Helen Lovatt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Re-envisions epic from Homer to Nonnus through theories of the gaze.
This is not to say that other mediums played no role in the transmission of gods ' cults . ... [ Rather ] , interweaving tales of the gods with heroic narratives , epic poetry , preeminently the Homeric Iliad , set its seal on the way ...
Author: Meir Shahar
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
The first study in English to offer a systematic introduction to the Chinese pantheon of divinities. It challenges received wisdom about Chinese popular religion, which, until now, presented all Chinese deities as mere functionaries and bureaucrats. The essays in this volume eloquently document the existence of other metaphors that allowed Chinese gods to challenge the traditional power structures and traditional mores of Chinese society. The authors draw on a variety of disciplines and methodologies to throw light on various aspects of the Chinese supernatural. The gallery of gods and goddesses surveyed demonstrates that these deities did not reflect China's socio-political order but rather expressed and negotiated tensions within it. In addition to reflecting the existing order, Chinese gods shaped it, transformed it, and compensated for it, and, as such, their work offers fresh perspectives on the relations between divinity and society in China.
And God saw how corrupt the Earth was , for all flesh had corrupted their ways on Earth . In the Sumerian epics , the catastrophe was brought on by the caprice of the gods . The Epic of Gilgamesh is silent on this point and merely ...
Author: R. A. Boulay
Publisher: Book Tree
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A highly original work that deals a shattering blow to all our preconceived notions about our past and human origins. Worldwide legends refer to giant flying lizards and dragons that came to this planet and founded the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China. Who were these reptilian creatures? What was the real reason for mans creation? Why did Adam lose his chance at immortality in the Garden of Eden? Who were the Nefilim who descended from heaven and mated with human women? Why did the serpent take such a bad rap in history? Why didnt Adam and Eve wear clothes? What were the crystals or stones that the gods fought over? Why did the ancient Sumerians call their major gods USHUMGAL, which means literally great fiery, flying serpent? What were the boats of heaven in ancient Egypt and the sky chariots of the Bible? This book tells it all.
The epic poetry of Hesiod and Homer stands at the beginnings not just of the Greek poetic tradition, but also of Mermnad tyranny in Lydia, drawing inspiration from many of the same sources as did tyranny.128 In Greek epic we see the ...
Author: Mark H. Munn
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Among maternal deities of the Greek pantheon, the Mother of the Gods was a paradox. Conflict and resolution were played out symbolically, Munn shows, and the goddess of Lydian tyranny was eventually accepted by the Athenians as the Mother of the Gods and a symbol of their own sovereignty.
Olympian gods; like the semiotic itself, they are necessary, but also feared and despised—inthe Aeneid,itisstatedthateventhechthonicgodsloathethem.65 While the epic Furies, therefore, appear as personifications of semiotic furor ...
Author: Elina Pyy
Category: Literary Criticism
In Women and War in Roman Epic, Elina Pyy discusses the narrative and ideological functions of gender, and the fashioning of Roman imperial identity, in the works of Virgil, Lucan, Statius, Silius Italicus and Valerius Flaccus.
Unlike the Homeric epics, the main characters are not just children or descendants of the gods; they are avatars, or direct manifestations, although they are not necessarily always aware of this. The Kauravas are the enemies of the gods ...
Author: Paul Innes
Category: Literary Criticism
This student guidebook offers a clear introduction to an often complex and unwieldy area of literary studies. Tracing epic from its ancient and classical roots through postmodern and contemporary examples this volume discusses: a wide range of writers including Homer, Vergil, Ovid, Dante, Chaucer, Milton, Cervantes, Keats, Byron, Eliot, Walcott and Tolkien texts from poems, novels, children’s literature, tv, theatre and film themes and motifs such as romance, tragedy, religion, journeys and the supernatural. Offering new directions for the future and addressing the place of epic in both English-language texts and World Literature, this handy book takes you on a fascinating guided tour through the epic.
THE GODS OF HOMER . — Beginnings of Greek religion , Nature of the epic , Zeus , Hera , Athena , Apollo , Artemis , Minor gods . 2. NATURE OF THE EPIC GODS . - Homer as a school book , Gods and natural phenomena , Gods defined ...