By Mihai I. Spariosu

Tracing the interrelationship between play, poetic imitation, and tool to the Hellenic global, Mihai I. Spariosu offers a revisionist version of cultural swap in Greek antiquity. tough the conventional and static contrast made among archaic and later Greek tradition, Spariosu’s standpoint is grounded in a dialectical knowing of values whose dominance relies on cultural emphasis and which shifts via time.
Building upon the scholarship of an previous quantity, Dionysus Reborn, Spariosu her maintains to attract on Dionysus—the “God of many names,” of either poetic play and sacred power—as a legendary embodiment of the 2 aspects of the classical Greek mentality. Combining philosophical mirrored image with shut textual research, the writer examines the divided nature of the Hellenic mentality in such basic canonic texts because the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Theogony, Works and Days, the main recognized of the Presocratic fragments, Euripides’ Bacchae, Aristophanes’ The Frogs, Plato’s Republic and Laws, and Aristotle’s Poetics and Politics.
Spariosu’s version illuminates the numerous of the main enduring questions in modern humanistic examine and addresses sleek questions on the character of the interrelation of poetry, ethics, and politics.

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