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Author Meisner, Dwayne A., author

Title Orphic tradition and the birth of the gods / Dwayne A. Meisner
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019


Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Summary 'Orphic Traditions and the Birth of the Gods' is a literary history that attempts to reconstruct the fragments of four theogonies that were attributed to the legendary singer Orpheus: the Derveni, Eudemian, Hieronyman, and Rhapsodic Theogonies. Most modern scholars have described these poems as if they were similar to Hesiod's Theogony-lengthy chronological accounts of the births of the gods from the beginning of time to the present, but this text suggests that a better model for understanding how these poems were composed is to see each of them as an individual product of bricolage (as explained by Claude Lévi-Strauss), rather than as items in the stemma of a static manuscript tradition (as reconstructed by Martin West)
Notes Previously issued in print: 2018
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Specialized
Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on January 8, 2019)
Subject Religious poetry, Greek -- History and criticism
Greek poetry -- History and criticism
Greek poetry
Religious poetry, Greek
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780190663551