God of Many Names: Play, Poetry and Power in Hellenic by Mihai I. Spariosu

By Mihai I. Spariosu

Tracing the interrelationship between play, poetic imitation, and gear to the Hellenic international, Mihai I. Spariosu offers a revisionist version of cultural swap in Greek antiquity. hard the normal and static contrast made among archaic and later Greek tradition, Spariosu’s point of view is grounded in a dialectical realizing of values whose dominance depends upon cultural emphasis and which shifts via time.
Building upon the scholarship of an previous quantity, Dionysus Reborn, Spariosu her keeps to attract on Dionysus—the “God of many names,” of either poetic play and sacred power—as a legendary embodiment of the 2 facets of the classical Greek mentality. Combining philosophical mirrored image with shut textual research, the writer examines the divided nature of the Hellenic mentality in such basic canonic texts because the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Theogony, Works and Days, the main famous of the Presocratic fragments, Euripides’ Bacchae, Aristophanes’ The Frogs, Plato’s Republic and Laws, and Aristotle’s Poetics and Politics.
Spariosu’s version illuminates the various of the main enduring questions in modern humanistic research and addresses sleek questions about the character of the interrelation of poetry, ethics, and politics.

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