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From Many Gods to One: Divine Action in Renaissance Epic

Tobias Gregory

Abstract

Epic poets of the Renaissance looked to emulate the poems of Greco-Roman antiquity, but doing so presented a dilemma: what to do about the gods? Divine intervention plays a major part in the epics of Homer and Virgil—indeed, quarrels within the family of Olympian gods are essential to the narrative structure of those poems—yet poets of the Renaissance recognized that the cantankerous Olympians could not be imitated too closely. The divine action of their classical models had to be transformed to accord with contemporary tastes and Christian belief. This book offers a comparative study of poeti ... More

Keywords: Epic poets, Renaissance, Greco-Roman antiquity, divine intervention, Homer, Virgil, Olympian gods, narrative structure, classical literary models, Christian belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226307558
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307565.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tobias Gregory, author