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Challenges to the Power of Zeus in Early Greek Poetry
     

Challenges to the Power of Zeus in Early Greek Poetry

by Noriko Yasumura
 

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In the earliest extant works of Greek literature, Zeus reigns supreme in the Olympian hierarchy. However, scattered and scanty though they may be, there are allusions to threats of rebellion which challenge Zeus' supremacy. This book examines these passages, drawn from Homer, Hesiod and the "Homeric Hymns", to offer some new interpretations. While focusing on the

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In the earliest extant works of Greek literature, Zeus reigns supreme in the Olympian hierarchy. However, scattered and scanty though they may be, there are allusions to threats of rebellion which challenge Zeus' supremacy. This book examines these passages, drawn from Homer, Hesiod and the "Homeric Hymns", to offer some new interpretations. While focusing on the theme of cosmic/divine strife, it becomes clear that hints of lost legends underlie these texts. Tracing their hidden logic helps to improve our understanding of early Greek poetry.

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ISBN-13:
9781472519689
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/16/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
12 MB
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Meet the Author

Noriko Yasumura is Professor of Classics at Kanazawa University, Japan.
Noriko Yasumura is Professor of Classics at Kanazawa University, Japan.

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