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Author Verhelst, Berenice, 1987- author.

Title Direct speech in Nonnus' Dionysiaca : narrative and rhetorical functions of the characters' "varied" and "many-faceted" words / by Berenice Verhelst
Published Leiden : Brill, 2016
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Description 1 online resource
Series Mnemosyne, 2214-5621 ; 397
Mnemosyne, bibliotheca classica Batava. Supplementum ; volume 397.
Contents Front Matter -- Introduction -- Imitation and Transformation: From Troy to India and from Medea to Morrheus -- Types of Epic Speech: The Battle Exhortation -- Speeches within Speeches -- The Rhetoric of Deception: Persuasive Strategies -- Ecphrastic Ethopoeae and the Perspective of the Text-Internal Observer -- Rhetoric of Seduction and Failure of Communication in the Beroe Episode -- Conclusion -- Appendix -- Bibliography -- Indexes
Summary Direct Speech in Nonnus' Dionysiaca is the first more extensive study of the use and functions of direct speech in Nonnus' Dionysiaca (5th century AD). Its long soliloquies and scarcity of dialogues have often been pointed out as striking characteristics of Nonnus' epic style, but nonetheless this fascinating subject received relatively little attention. Berenice Verhelst aims to reveal the poem's constant interplay between the epic tradition and the late antique literary context with its clear rhetorical stamp. She focusses on the changed functions of direct speech and their implications for the presentation of the mythological story. Organized around six case studies, this book presents an in-depth analysis of a representative part of the vast corpus of the Dionysiaca's 305 speeches. The digital appendix to this book (Database of Direct Speech in Greek Epic Poetry) can be consulted online at
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed November 1, 2016)
Subject Nonnus, of Panopolis. Dionysiaca.
Dionysiaca (Nonnus, of Panopolis)
Direct discourse in literature.
Rhetoric, Ancient.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Ancient & Classical.
Direct discourse in literature.
Rhetoric, Ancient.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016043370
ISBN 9789004334656