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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 antiuity 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 baroue 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 JohnThe Loeb Classical Library edition of the Dionysiaca is in three volumes


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  1. says:

    Difficult to know why I liked this poet in translation he's deleriously netting as much mythology as he can to do with his subject Dionysus and showing off with as many allusions to past great poets as he can muster deploying his penchant for rhetoric and poetic conceits The one time he gives anything near psychological plausibility is Artemis' expression of spite against Aura He's best at soft porn descriptions of sex and violence the latter horribly good


  2. says:

    Fun mythology Got to finally read about Aura which was the goal out reading this in the very last book