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The Resource Allegories of the Iliad, John Tzetzes ; translated by Adam J. Goldwyn and Dimitra Kokkini

Allegories of the Iliad, John Tzetzes ; translated by Adam J. Goldwyn and Dimitra Kokkini

Label
Allegories of the Iliad
Title
Allegories of the Iliad
Statement of responsibility
John Tzetzes ; translated by Adam J. Goldwyn and Dimitra Kokkini
Creator
Contributor
Author
Translator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • grc
  • grc
  • eng
Summary
"In the early 1140s, the Bavarian princess Bertha von Sulzbach arrived in Constantinople to marry the Byzantine emperor Manuel Komnenos. Wanting to learn more about her new homeland, the future empress Eirene commissioned the grammarian Ioannes Tzetzes to compose a version of the Iliad as an introduction to Greek literature and culture. He drafted a lengthy dodecasyllable poem in twenty-four books, reflecting the divisions of the Iliad, that combined summaries of the events of the siege of Troy with allegorical interpretations. To make the Iliad relevant to his Christian audience, Tzetzes reinterpreted the pagan gods from various allegorical perspectives. As historical allegory (or euhemerism), the gods are simply ancient kings erroneously deified by the pagan poet; as astrological allegory, they become planets whose position and movement affect human life; as moral allegory Athena represents wisdom, Aphrodite desire. As a didactic explanation of pagan ancient Greek culture to Orthodox Christians, the work is deeply rooted in the mid-twelfth-century circumstances of the cosmopolitan Comnenian court. As a critical reworking of the Iliad, it must also be seen as part of the millennia-long and increasingly global tradition of Homeric adaptation."--Book jacket
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DLC
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active 12th century
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Tzetzes, John
Index
index present
Language note
Text in Greek with English translation on facing pages; introduction and notes in English
LC call number
PA4035
LC item number
.T9 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • active 12th century
  • active 12th century
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  • Goldwyn, Adam J.
  • Kokkini, Dimitra
  • Tzetzes, John
  • Tzetzes, John
Series statement
Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library
Series volume
DOML 37
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  • Homer
  • Homer
  • Tzetzes, John
  • Tzetzes, John
  • Homer
  • Tzetzes, John
  • Epic poetry, Greek
  • Epic poetry, Greek
Label
Allegories of the Iliad, John Tzetzes ; translated by Adam J. Goldwyn and Dimitra Kokkini
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Copyright
Note
"We have used the Greek edition prepared and published by Jean François Boissonade in 1851 ... hist text is reproduced in essentially unaltered form, although we have made numerous tacit corrections in puunctiation, accentuation, and capitalization and have fixed some typographical errors."--page 517
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
891369497
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xxiv, 577 pages
Isbn
9780674967854
Lccn
2014032672
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)891369497
Label
Allegories of the Iliad, John Tzetzes ; translated by Adam J. Goldwyn and Dimitra Kokkini
Publication
Copyright
Note
"We have used the Greek edition prepared and published by Jean François Boissonade in 1851 ... hist text is reproduced in essentially unaltered form, although we have made numerous tacit corrections in puunctiation, accentuation, and capitalization and have fixed some typographical errors."--page 517
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
891369497
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xxiv, 577 pages
Isbn
9780674967854
Lccn
2014032672
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)891369497

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