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

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ISBN-10: 0520066073

ISBN-13: 9780520066076

Edition: 1987 (Reprint)

Authors: Robert Lamberton

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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 theIliadandOdyssey.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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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/20/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of Abbreviations
The Divine Homer and the Background of Neoplatonic Allegory
Homer's Pretensions
Interpretation, Allegory, and the Critics of Homer
Homer as Theologos
The Pythagoreans
Middle Platonism and the Interaction of Interpretive Traditions
Philo of Alexandria
Clement and Origen
Plotinian Neoplatonism
Julian and Sallustius
The Interaction of Allegorical Interpretation and Deliberate Allegory
Language as a System of Meaning
Myths or Texts?
The Major Exegesis of Homer in the Commentary on the Republic
The Meaning of the Iliad and Odyssey
The Transmission of the Neoplatonists' Homer to the Latin Middle Ages
The Paths of Transmission
The Arabic Tradition
The Greek East
The Latin Tradition
The Late Middle Ages and Dante
Afterword Preconception and Understanding: the Allegorists in Modern Perspective
An Interpretation of the Modest Chariclea from the Lips of Philip the Philosopher
Proclus's Commentary on the Timaeus of Plato, 1.341.25-343.15
A Sampling of Proclus's Use of Homer
The History of the Allegory of the Cave of the Nymphs
Works Cited: Ancient and Medieval Authors
Modern Authors
Ancient and Medieval Passages Cited
Index of Greek Terms
General Index