The Poetry Of Thought In Late Antiquity: Essays In Imagination And Religion Patricia Cox Miller

ISBN: 9780754614883

Published: January 1st 2001

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The Poetry Of Thought In Late Antiquity: Essays In Imagination And Religion  by  Patricia Cox Miller

The Poetry Of Thought In Late Antiquity: Essays In Imagination And Religion by Patricia Cox Miller
January 1st 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | | ISBN: 9780754614883 | 8.14 Mb

An exploration of nature in the poetry of late antiquity. Nature engaged late ancient authors in a variety of ways. It produced sheer wonder at its strange beauty, but it also provoked complex readings that treated it as a cache of riddles thatMoreAn exploration of nature in the poetry of late antiquity. Nature engaged late ancient authors in a variety of ways. It produced sheer wonder at its strange beauty, but it also provoked complex readings that treated it as a cache of riddles that needed to be deciphered.

Beginning with the Hellenistic Physika (literary compendia of the elements of nature often arranged alphabetically) and continuing through the late ancient Christian genre of the Hexaemeron (commentaries on the six days of creation in the book of Genesis), interpreters surveyed the natural world for the wisdom it has to offer. Generally animals claimed attention in this period not as objective specimens to be classified scientifically but rather as indicators of a dynamic process that was defined both theologically and psychologically.

The author calls this the bestial imagination, and this is the focus of some of the essays in the book.



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