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Description - The Myth of Paganism by Robert Shorrock

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, so-called 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780715636688
ISBN-10: 0715636685
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Bristol Classical Press
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 24-Feb-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert Shorrock

Robert Shorrock teaches Classics at Eton College, Windsor, UK, and is co-editor of the journal Greece & Rome.

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