Homer the Theologian: Neoplatonist Allegorical Reading and the Growth of the Epic TraditionPaperback Transformation of the Classical Heritage
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- Publisher: University of California Press
- Format: Paperback | 375 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 23mm | 544g
- Publication date: 1 June 1989
- Publication City/Country: Berkerley
- ISBN 10: 0520066073
- ISBN 13: 9780520066076
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: 1facsim.
- Sales rank: 1,018,113
Here is the first survey of the surviving evidence for the growth, development, and influence of the Neoplatonist allegorical reading of the Iliad and Odyssey. Professor Lamberton argues that this tradition of reading was to create new demands on subsequent epic and thereby alter permanently the nature of European epic. The Neoplatonist reading was to be decisive in the birth of allegorical epic in late antiquity and forms the background for the next major extension of the epic tradition found in Dante.
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Robert Lamberton is Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University.
"Extraordinarily thought-provoking for all theologicans and especially for biblical theologians, since both are concerned with inspired and normative ancient narratives."--A. T. Kraabel, "Religious Studies Review