literature and music, framed by Periš’ poetics of sacrilege. This story, as most of the others, has a poignancy, which affects the reader directly. It turns the reader into a participant of the suffering of the characters portrayed. The reader, with the superior scientific, economic and political knowledge
The Poetics of ‘Mučenice’ (2013) by Želimir Periš
informing the Dutch literati – the attack on Petrarch’s bones may be interpreted in a semi-religious frame of profane sacrilege. The development of this interpretative framework depends on two elements that from this period on characterize the handling of Dante’s and Petrarch’s bones down to the present. On
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sacrilege. ˘ boÊlomai dÒw , mØ d¤dou dÉ ˘ mØ y°lv . —an oracle apud Anticl. fr. 9 Greek animal sacri ﬁ ce is a complex ritual, partly because it is a concatenation of other rituals such as prayer and libation, partly because it contains many steps. The oldest long descriptions of it, in Homer, include a
extolled, Judaism condemns as sacrilege. The story of the Aquedah —“the binding of Isaac”—undoubtedly por- trays one of the most moving and impressing stories of the Bible. It is therefore not surprising that it has given birth to innumerable interpretations—philosophical, theological, ethical and
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Such questions are pursued here in a variety of English texts historically employed to manifest and manage versions of the sacred. But since their performances inhabit social space, this often functions as a theatrical arena which is also used to stage modes of dissent, difference, sacrifice and sacrilege. In this way, all aspects of social life – the family, the nation, the idea of kingship, gender identities, courtly ideals, love making or smoking – may become sacralized and buttress claims for power by recourse to a repertoire of religious symbolic forms.
Through critical readings of central texts and authors – such as Sir Gawain, Foxe, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, or Vaughan – as well as less canonical examples – the Croxton play, Buchanan, Lanyer, Wroth, or the tobacco pamphlets – the twelve contributions all engage with the crucial question how, and to what end, performances of the sacred affect, or effect, cultural transformation.
in speech, especially for two reasons: 1) in the magical or religious spheres sacred, powerful, or dangerous things are not directly mentioned (that would be sacrilege, nefas) for fear that e.g. a god o...
Kinzl, Konrad (Peterborough)
[German version] (Νικίδης/Nikídēs). Son of Phoenicides, of the dḗmos of Melite (IG I3 422 col. III, 212; 216; 424,17f.; 426 col. II, 75; And. 1,12f.: Nikiades). In 415 BC, he was condemned to death in absentia in a sacrilege case (see Mutilation of the Herms) upon denunciation by Andromachus; his