By Nonnos, W. H. D. Rouse
Nonnos of Panopolis in Egypt, who lived within the 5th century of our period, composed the final nice epic poem of antiquity. The Dionysiaca, in forty eight books, has for its leader subject matter the excursion of Dionysus opposed to the Indians; however the poet contrives to incorporate the entire adventures of the god (as good as a lot different mythological lore) in a story which starts with chaos in heaven and ends with the apotheosis of Ariadne's crown. The wild ecstasy encouraged by means of the god is unquestionably mirrored within the poet's sort, that is baroque, extravagant, and unrestrained. apparently Nonnos was once in later years switched over to Christianity, for in marked distinction to the Dionysiaca, a poem dealing unreservedly with classical myths and redolent of a pagan outlook, there's extant and ascribed to him a hexameter paraphrase of the Gospel of John. The Loeb Classical Library version of the Dionysiaca is in 3 volumes.
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