Pramit Chaudhuri's The War with God: Theomachy in Roman Imperial Poetry PDF

By Pramit Chaudhuri

Epic and tragedy, from Homer's Achilles and Euripides' Pentheus to Marlowe's Tamburlaine and Milton's devil, are choked with characters difficult and warring opposed to the gods. Nowhere is the subject matter of theomachy extra often and powerfully represented, notwithstanding, than within the poetry of early imperial Rome, from Ovid's Metamorphoses at the start of the 1st century advert to Statius' Thebaid close to its finish. This ebook -- the 1st full-length research of human-divine clash in Roman literature -- asks why the battle opposed to god was once so vital to the poets of the time and the way this understudied interval of literary background inspired a bigger culture in Western literature.

Drawing on a number of contexts -- politics, faith, philosophy, and aesthetics -- Pramit Chaudhuri argues for the basic value of battles among people and gods in representing the Roman global. A solid of tyrants, emperors, rebels, iconoclasts, philosophers, and bold poets brings to lifestyles probably the most impressive inventive items of classical antiquity. in accordance with shut readings of the most important extant epics and chosen tragedies, the e-book replaces a historically Aeneid-centric view of imperial epic with a richer discussion among Greek and Roman texts, modern authors, and numerous genres. The renewed feel of a convention finds how the conflicts those works signify represent a particular theology knowledgeable by means of different discourses but bizarre to epic and tragedy. starting with the Greek heritage and finishing with a glance forward to advancements within the Renaissance, this publication charts the heritage of a subject matter that might locate its richest expression in a time while males grew to become gods and impiety threatened the very order of the world.

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