Brill’s Companion to Nonnus of Panopolis 

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The Egyptian Nonnus of Panopolis (5th century AD), author of both the ‘pagan’ Dionysiaca, the longest known poem from Antiquity (21,286 lines in 48 books, the same number of books as the Iliad and Odyssey combined), and a ‘Christian’ hexameter Paraphrase of St John’s Gospel (3,660 lines in 21 books), is no doubt the most representative poet of Greek Late Antiquity. Brill’s Companion to Nonnus of Panopolis provides a collection of 32 essays by a large international group of scholars, experts in the field of archaic, Hellenistic, Imperial, and Christian poetry, as well as scholars of late antique Egypt, Greek mythology and religion, who explore the various aspects of Nonnus’ baroque poetry and its historical, religious and cultural background.

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Domenico Accorinti, Ph.D. (1992), Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, is an independent researcher and teaches Classics at the Gymnasium Galilei, Pisa. He has published on late Greek poetry, mythology, and the history of religions, including Raffaele Pettazzoni and Herbert Jennings Rose, Correspondence 1927–1958, Brill (2014).

Contributors are: Domenico Accorinti, Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, Gianfranco Agosti, Herbert Bannert, Alberto Bernabé, Pierre Chuvin, Claudio De Stefani, Jitse H.F. Dijkstra, Gennaro D’Ippolito, Filip Doroszewski, Riemer A. Faber, Roberta Franchi, Rosa García-Gasco, Camille Geisz, Daria Gigli Piccardi, Fotini Hadjittofi, David Hernández de la Fuente, Scott Fitzgerald Johnson, Troels Myrup Kristensen, Nicole Kröll, Anna Maria Lasek, Jane L. Lightfoot, Calum Alasdair Maciver, Enrico Magnelli, Laura Miguélez-Cavero, Peter van Minnen, Ronald F. Newbold, Robert Shorrock, Fabian Sieber, Christos Simelidis, Konstantinos Spanoudakis, Francesco Tissoni, Berenice Verhelst, and Mary Whitby.
''In scope, scale and breath, Accorinti and his team deserve plaudits: the project has more than achieved its aim of providing a wide-ranging reference work for scholars of Nonnus and Late Antiquity. The expertise of the collaborators is apparent at every turn of the page; so too is the enthusiasm. Well presented with very few spelling or typographical errors, it will become an undoubtedly useful handbook for all future readers who come to ask the poet their questions.''
Emma Greensmith, Plekos 2018.20
"Nonnos est loin encore d’avoir livre tous ses secrets:grâce à ce Companion, le lecteur s’engagera dans cette voie bien accompagné."
Delphine Lauritzen in L’Antiquité Classique 87 (2018).
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
List of Contributors

Introduction: Becoming A Classic
Domenico Accorinti

Part 1 - Author, Context, and Religion
1 The Poet from Panopolis: An Obscure Biography and a Controversial Figure
Domenico Accorinti
2 Nonnus’ Panopolis
Peter van Minnen
3 The Religious Background of Nonnus
Jitse H.F. Dijkstra

Part 2 – The Dionysiaca
4 Nonnus and Dionysiac-Orphic Religion
Alberto Bernabe and Rosa Garcia-Gasco
5 The Poet of Dionysus: Birth of the Last among the Gods
Pierre Chuvin
6 Major Themes and Motifs in the Dionysiaca
Fotini Hadjittofi
7 Minor Characters in the Dionysiaca
Berenice Verhelst
8 Narrative and Digression in the Dionysiaca
Camille Geisz
9 The Psychology in the Dionysiaca
Ronald F. Newbold

Part 3 – The Paraphrase of St John’s Gospel
10 Nonnus and Biblical Epic
Mary Whitby
11 Approaching the ‘Spiritual Gospel’: Nonnus as Interpreter of John
Roberta Franchi
12 Nonnus’ Paraphrastic Technique: A Case Study of Self-Recognition in John 9
Scott Fitzgerald Johnson
13 Nonnus and Christian Literature
Christos Simelidis
14 Nonnus’ Christology
Fabian Sieber
15 The Mystery Terminology in Nonnus’ Paraphrase
Filip Doroszewski

Part 4 - Metre, Style, Poetry, and Visual Arts
16 The Nonnian Hexameter
Enrico Magnelli
17 Nonnus’ Conventional Formulaic Style
Gennaro D’Ippolito
18 Nonnus and the Play of Genres
Anna Maria Lasek
19 Nonnus’ Poetics
Daria Gigli Piccardi
20 Nonnus and the Poetry of Ekphrasis in the Dionysiaca
Riemer A. Faber
21 Nonnus and the Art of Late Antiquity
Troels Myrup Kristensen

Part 5 - Nonnus and the Classical Tradition
22 Nonnus and the Homeric Poems
Herbert Bannert and Nicole Kroll
23 Composing the Masters: An Essay on Nonnus and Hellenistic Poetry
Benjamin Acosta-Hughes
24 Nonnus and Imperial Greek Poetry
Calum Alasdair Maciver
25 Nonnus and the Novel
Laura Miguelez-Cavero

Part 6 - An Interpretation of Nonnus’ Work
26 Christian Themes in the Dionysiaca
Robert Shorrock
27 Pagan Themes in the Paraphrase
Konstantinos Spanoudakis
28 Nonnus and Prophecy: Between ‘Pagan’ and ‘Christian’ Voices
Jane L. Lightfoot
29 Nonnus and Late Antique Society
Gianfranco Agosti

Part 7 - The Transmission and Reception of Nonnus’ Poems
30 Brief Notes on the Manuscript Tradition of Nonnus’ Works
Claudio De Stefani
31 The Reception of Nonnus in Late Antiquity, Byzantine, and Renaissance Literature
Francesco Tissoni
32 The Influence of Nonnus on Baroque and Modern Literature
David Hernandez de la Fuente

Bibliography
General Index
Index of Principal Nonnian Passages
All interested in Nonnus of Panopolis, late antique poetry and poetics, Christian literature, Greek mythology and religion, as well as scholars and students of Classical Antiquity and late antique Egypt.