Homer the Theologian

Homer the Theologian : Neoplatonist Allegorical Reading and the Growth of the Epic Tradition

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 375 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1facsim.
  • 0520066073
  • 9780520066076
  • 1,126,560

Review quote

"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 Reviewshow more

About Robert Lamberton

Robert Lamberton is Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University.show more