Nonnus of Panopolis: Paraphrasis of the Gospel of John XI

Hardcover | December 27, 2014

EditorKonstantinos Spanoudakis

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This ground-breaking work is a critical edition of chapter XI (The Resurrection of Lazarus) of Nonnus of Panopolis' Paraphrasis of the Gospel of St John, written in the mid-fifth century in elegant hexameters. Made available for the first time in Anglophone literature, the volume consists ofan introduction discussing cultural (theological and philosophical affiliations, dialogue with contemporary art), literary (character-sketching, narrative, interaction with the Dionysiaca), and technical (paraphrastic technique, transmission, metre) aspects and places the work in its immediate andbroader context. The Introduction includes an edition of chapter XI from the so-called Athous paraphrase of Nonnus' Paraphrasis.An exhaustive line-by-line commentary covers a wide range of issues arising from Nonnus' spiritualizing rendition. Konstantinos Spanoudakis identifies literary models and intertextual links with earlier traditions: epic (mainly Homer, Apollonius Rhodius, Oppian), mystic (Orphic literature, ChaldeanOracles), and philosophical (Neoplatonists, Gnostics). Dr Spanoudakis illustrates Nonnus' interaction with early Christian poetry and literature, his debt to Cyril of Alexandria's Commentary on the Gospel of John, his familiarity with Syriac exegesis (John Chrysostom and Theodore of Mopsuestia), andthe homiletic and apocryphal tradition on Lazarus. The book features a short Appendix discussing a curse against the Jews embedded as an interpolated verse in ms V.

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This ground-breaking work is a critical edition of chapter XI (The Resurrection of Lazarus) of Nonnus of Panopolis' Paraphrasis of the Gospel of St John, written in the mid-fifth century in elegant hexameters. Made available for the first time in Anglophone literature, the volume consists ofan introduction discussing cultural (theologi...

Konstantinos Spanoudakis is Assistant Professor of Classics at the Department of Philology, University of Crete. He published an edition of the poetical and grammatical fragments of the Hellenistic poet Philitas of Cos (Brill, 2002) and co-edited with F. Manakidou Alexandrine Muse: Tradition and Innovation in Hellenistic Poetry (Athens...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198714904

ISBN - 13:9780198714903

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PrefaceAbbreviationsIntroductionI. Poet and PoemsIa. Literary AffiliationsIb. Biblical and Patristic AffiliationsIc. AfterlifeIIIa. NeoplatonismIIIb. TheurgyIV. Dionysiac Ramifications: Some Resurrections in the DionysiacaV. Paraphrasis XI as Contemporary PoetryVI. Paraphrastic and Literary TechniquesVII. Perspectives on the Lazarus MiracleVIII. The Vorlage(n) and the Syrus LewisianusIX. MetreX. ManuscriptsXI. The Athous Paraphrase (Athous Dionysiou 326 [D])XII. This editionTexts and TranslationCommentaryAppendix: An Interpolated Verse in ms. VBibliographyIndex of PassagesIndex of Greek Words DiscussedGeneral Index