Nonnus of Panopolis in Context II: Poetry, Religion, and Society

Proceedings of the International Conference on Nonnus of Panopolis, 26th – 29th September 2013, University of Vienna, Austria


Nonnus of Panopolis in Upper-Egypt is the author of the 48 books of the last large scale mythological epic in antiquity, the Dionysiaca. The same author also wrote an epic poem on the life and times of Jesus Christ according to St John’s Gospel. Nonnus has an outstanding position in ancient literature being at the same time a pagan and a Christian author, living in a time when Christianity was common in the Roman empire, while pagan culture and traditional world views were still maintained. The volume is designed to cover literary, cultural and religious aspects of Nonnus’ poetry as well as to highlight the social and educational background of both the Dionysiaca and the Paraphrasis of the Gospel of St. John.

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Front Matter
Pages: i–xx
Pages: 395–426
Pages: 427–436
Herbert Bannert, Professor of Classics, University of Vienna, Austria, has published monographs and many articles on Homer and Greek epic poetry, on Greek tragedy, including a German translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, and on Ancient Historiography.
Nicole Kröll, PhD (2014), is the author of a monograph on the Ampelus-episode in the Dionysiaca of Nonnus of Panopolis (De Gruyter, 2016). She has also published articles on late antique poetry, including a co-authored contribution to Brill’s Companion to Nonnus of Panopolis.

Contributors are: Domenico Accorinti, Katerina Carvounis, Pierre Chuvin, Claudio De Stefani, Filip Doroszewski, Nestan Egetashvili, Joshua Fincher, Roberta Franchi, Laura Franco, Camille Geisz, Daria Gigli Piccardi, David Hernández de la Fuente, Jane L. Lightfoot, Laura Miguélez Cavero, Michael Paschalis, Robert Shorrock, Fabian Sieber, Konstantinos Spanoudakis, Berenice Verhelst, Mary Whitby, Maria Ypsilanti, Michael Zach, Simon Zuenelli.
"This collection, completed by a robust bibliography and indices, represents another step forward for Nonnian studies and makes a strong case for continuing the Nonnus of Panopolis in Context conference series, demonstrating the vivacity and relevance of a poet who may have once been consigned to obscurity, but surely will be claiming scholars’ attention for quite some time to come." - Guy Walker, in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.08.30
"Front matter includes (...) a particularly fine resumé of the history of Nonnian scholarship since the 1930s by the dedicatee of the volume Professeur Émérite Pierre Chuvin (...) This essay is a delight to read, adding as it does snippets of personality to names with which we are all familiar (...) I cannot recommend this essay highly enough as an introduction to Nonnus, his oeuvre and how it has been studied and understood to date. (...) The series of conferences continues apace, with Nonnus of Panopolis in Context III and IV having already in Warsaw, September 2015 and Ghent, April 2018 respectively. We await they collected volumes with great enthousiasm." - Paul McKenna, in: Classical Journal online, 2019.06.06
"In conclusione, questi atti di convegno appaiono come il perfetto completamento del recente Brill's Companion to Nonnus of Panopolis (Leiden- Boston 2016): mentre nel Companion hanno trovato spazio saggi di carattere più generale, in questo volume sono sviluppati temi e argomenti più specifici legati all!opera del Panopolita; d'altra parte, non mancano i contatti tra le due raccolte, sia per il fatto che molti studiosi hanno contribuito ad entrambe, sia per le tematiche trattate (ad es. il contributo di E. Magnelli The Nonnian Hexameter e quello di C. De Stefani nel presente volume, o i due saggi di J. L. Lightfoot sulle profezie in Nonno)." - Gianmario Cattaneo, in: Medioevo greco 19 (2019)
All interested in ancient mythology, Late Antiquity, Greek poetry and in the interpretation of Greek and Latin epic as well as readers of Bible epic and the Gospel of St John.
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