Nonnos’ Dionysiaka as an exponent of Late Antiquity’s “mosaic poetics”. A structural, generic and rhetorical analysis.

01 October 2010 → 30 September 2014
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Language studies
    • Literary studies
    • Theory and methodology of language studies
    • Theory and methodology of linguistics
    • Theory and methodology of literary studies
    • Other languages and literary studies
genre poetics Ancient Greek literature
Project description

Late antique poetry can be compared to a mosaic composed of dazzling “tesserae”, obstructing an overall view. Nonnos’ Dionysiaka seems to be an excellent example. A structural, generic (Cairns’ Generic Composition) and rhetorical (based on ancient theory) analysis of single episodes from this Dionysiaka will lead to a better understanding of the “mosaic poetics” of contemporary Greek and Latin poetry.