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
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.
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.''
"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).
List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Introduction: Becoming A Classic
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
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
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
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.