Studies in Colluthus’ Abduction of Helen

Cadau, Cosetta (2015) Studies in Colluthus’ Abduction of Helen. Mnemosyne Supplements, Late Antique Literature . Brill, Leiden. ISBN 9789004279506

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Abstract

Mnemosyne Supplements, Late Antique Literature is a monograph series devoted to studies of the literature of Late Antiquity, East and West. This first monograph in English on Colluthus situates this late antique author within his cultural context and offers a new appraisal of his hexameter poem The Abduction of Helen, the end-point of the pagan Greek epic tradition, which was composed in the Christianised Egyptian Thebaid. The book evaluates the poem’s connections with long-established and contemporary literary and artistic genres and with Neoplatonic philosophy, and analyzes the poet’s re-negotiation of traditional material to suit the expectations of a late fifth-century AD audience. It explores Colluthus' interpretation of the contemporary fascination with visuality, identifies new connections between Colluthus and Claudian, and shows how the author’s engagement with the poetry of Nonnus goes much further than previously shown.

Keywords:Colluthus
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q900 Others in Linguistics, Classics and related subjects
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V110 Ancient History
Divisions:College of Arts
ID Code:33557
Deposited On:10 Oct 2018 14:34

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