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Dionysiaca, Books 36-48 (Loeb Classical Library, #356)

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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 hea ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published January 1st 1940 by Loeb Classical Library (first published 400)
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John Cairns
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Difficult to know why I liked this poet, in translation: he's deleriously netting as much mythology as he can to do with his subject, Dionysus, and showing off with as many allusions to past great poets as he can muster, deploying his penchant for rhetoric and poetic conceits. The one time he gives anything near psychological plausibility is Artemis' expression of spite against Aura. He's best at soft porn descriptions of sex and violence, the latter horribly good.
Will Boncher
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Fun mythology. Got to finally read about Aura, which was the goal out reading this, in the very last book.
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Nonnus of Panopolis (Νόννος) was a Greek epic poet. He was a native of Panopolis (Akhmim) in the Egyptian Thebaid, and probably lived at the end of the 4th or early 5th century. He is known as the composer of the Dionysiaca, an epic tale of the god Dionysus, and the Metabole, a paraphrase of the Gospel of John.

There is almost no evidence for the life of Nonnus. It is known that he was a native of
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