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 Aeneid aspires to be a national epic . Its content and its nature are
analogous to each other : Rome derives from but supersedes Troy , just as Virgil
derives from but aspires to supersede or at least equal Homer . The Aeneid is
In the scenes on the shield ( a visual miniature version of the Aeneid itself ) the
whole of Roman history down to the poet's own day is in effect already present :
we might compare how the Archangel Michael in the final book of Paradise Lost ...
Like the Aeneid , this is a story of significant forebears . In parts of the Old
Testament dating from after the Babylonian Exile , Jerusalem is frequently
envisaged as the centre of the world , a role similar to that of Rome in Virgil and
in Augustan ...
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History Tragedy and Philosophy
Virgil Between Two Worlds
Foolishness to Greeks
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