Dionysiaca: Summary of the books of the poem ; Text and translation Book XVI ; Book XVII ; Book XVIII ; Book XIX ; Book XX ; Book XXI ; Book XXII ; Book XXIII ; Book XXIV ; Book XXV ; Book XXVI ; Book XXV ; Book XXVI ; Book XXVII ; Book XXVIII ; Book XXIX ; Book XXX ; Book XXXI ; Book XXXII ; Book XXXIII ; Book XXXIV ; Book XXXV

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Harvard University Press, 1940 - Religion - 547 pages
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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 antiquity. 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 baroque, 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 John. The Loeb Classical Library edition of the Dionysiaca is in three volumes.

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Review: Nonnos I: Dionysiaca, Books 1-15 (Loeb Classical Library, #344)

User Review  - John Cairns - Goodreads

I didn't know where I was to begin with or the relevance of Zeus losing his sinews to Typhon and Cadmus' getting them back. Anyway, as a reward Cadmus founds Thebes, only the seven-gated compared to ... Read full review

Review: Nonnos III: Dionysiaca, Books 36-48 (Loeb Classical Library, #356)

User Review  - Will Boncher - Goodreads

Fun mythology. Got to finally read about Aura, which was the goal out reading this, in the very last book. Read full review

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o Book XVIII
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Book XXX
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