By Pramit Chaudhuri

Epic and tragedy, from Homer's Achilles and Euripides' Pentheus to Marlowe's Tamburlaine and Milton's devil, are jam-packed with characters difficult and warring opposed to the gods. Nowhere is the subject matter of theomachy extra often and powerfully represented, even though, than within the poetry of early imperial Rome, from Ovid's Metamorphoses before everything of the 1st century advert to Statius' Thebaid close to its finish. This booklet -- the 1st full-length learn of human-divine clash in Roman literature -- asks why the conflict opposed to god was once so very important to the poets of the time and the way this understudied interval of literary heritage motivated a bigger culture in Western literature.

Drawing on a number of contexts -- politics, faith, philosophy, and aesthetics -- Pramit Chaudhuri argues for the elemental value of battles among people and gods in representing the Roman international. A forged of tyrants, emperors, rebels, iconoclasts, philosophers, and impressive poets brings to lifestyles essentially the most notable creative items of classical antiquity. in accordance with shut readings of the key extant epics and chosen tragedies, the publication 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 experience of a practice finds how the conflicts those works symbolize represent a particular theology proficient via different discourses but strange to epic and tragedy. starting with the Greek historical past and finishing with a glance forward to advancements within the Renaissance, this publication charts the background of a subject matter that might locate its richest expression in a time while males turned gods and impiety threatened the very order of the world.

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