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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links with a more venerable past seems fundamental to the creation of a national
self - image : we see it in Latin literature almost from the beginning , the early epic
poet Ennius already presenting himself as a Roman Homer . The theme in ...
It must be shown that Troy was doomed and belonged to the past . Augustan
poetry often stresses its guilt ( for example Horace Odes 3.3 ) : there was ample
mythological warrant for that , but the theme also has symbolic contemporary ...
Virgil draws on Herodotean stories about people digging up bones from the
heroic past ( Hdt . 1.68 ) , but it is the guilty and inglorious record of the poet's
own day that will constitute the past for this farmer . His incomprehension about
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Virgil Between Two Worlds
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