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Book Number   000319370
ISBN   Link9783110636369 (hardback)
  Link9783110638851 (pdf)
ISSN   Link18685080
Main Entry   LinkLipka, Michael
Title   LinkEpiphanies and dreams in greek polytheism :. textual genres and ’reality’ from Homer to Heliodorus / Michael Lipka.
Imprint   LinkBoston : De Gruyter, c2022.
Descr.   x, 319 pages ; 24 cm.
Series   ( Mythoseikonpoiesis ; Bd. 13)
Language   eng
Contents   Frontmatter -- Foreword and Acknowledgements -- Contents -- Introduction -- Epic -- Narrative Hymns -- Didactic Poetry -- Sappho’s Lyric -- Drama -- Historiography -- Historical Biography -- Periegesis -- Autobiography -- Epigraphic Genres -- Erotic Novel -- Medical and Philosophical Treatises on Dreams -- Neoplatonic Treatises -- Magical Recipes -- Conclusions -- Bibliography -- General Index -- Index of Ancient Sources
Abstract   While modern students of Greek religion are alert to the occasion-boundedness of epiphanies and divinatory dreams in Greek polytheism, they are curiously indifferent to the generic parameters of the relevant textual representations on which they build their argument. Instead, generic questions are normally left to the literary critic, who in turn is less interested in religion. To evaluate the relation of epiphanies and divinatory dreams to Greek polytheism, the book investigates relevant representations through all major textual genres in pagan antiquity. The evidence of the investigated genres suggests that the ‘epiphany-mindedness’ of the Greeks, postulated by most modern critics, is largely an academic chimaera, a late-comer of Christianizing 19th-century-scholarship. It is primarily founded on a misinterpretation of Homer’s notorious anthropomorphism (in the Iliad and Odyssey but also in the Homeric Hymns). This anthropomorphism, which is keenly absorbed by Greek drama and figural art, has very little to do with the religious lifeworld experience of the ancient Greeks, as it appears in other genres. By contrast, throughout all textual genres investigated here, divinatory dreams are represented as an ordinary and real part of the ancient Greeks’ lifeworld experience.
Subject - Lib.Cong.   LinkPolytheism -- Greece -- History
  LinkDreams in literature
  LinkEpiphanies in literature
Series AE-Uni.Title   LinkMythoseikonpoiesis ; 13
 
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