Classics and the Bible: Hospitality and Recognition
Bloomsbury Academic, 22/11/2007 - 192 páginas
"Classics and the Bible" looks at story-patterns and themes which Greek and Latin literature shares with the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament. Direct influence or a common source can explain some similarities, but uncannily parallel plots and forms of expression seem more often to occur independently. Classical and biblical texts constantly illuminate each other. Hospitality and recognition are central themes in both traditions, and also metaphors about the relation between them. Classical and biblical authors alike tell stories which need to be read in the light of other stories. The relation between the present and the heroic past is crucial to both traditions, and both raise fundamental questions about the relation of text and reader. The first three chapters consider the subject from the classical side: Homer, the Greek tragedians and Plato, and Virgil; the fourth turns to the New Testament; and the fifth to aspects of later reception. Readers should ideally be equipped with a Bible, English translations of a few major classical authors, and an open mind.
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The shadow of death The scenes on the new shield given by his mother Thetis to
Achilles in Iliad 18 ( 483-608 ) are poignant because they depict in its manifold
richness the world he will soon leave . If Achilles in taking his destined course ...
Achilles is beyond the end of the Iliad enables it to be generalised , and to
become in effect ours : we are invited in heart and mind to follow the hero and to
share his sufferings . Priam enters the tent of Achilles unseen and immediately ...
82 Achilles in contrast immediately on learning of the death of Patroclus sees the
whole picture : his own responsibility , the bitter and ironic cost of his wrath , and
the doom that is now inevitable but of his own choosing , a theme emphasised ...
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History Tragedy and Philosophy
Virgil Between Two Worlds
Foolishness to Greeks
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