Homeric Emulation and Epic Reinvention in Nonnos' Dionysiaka

Parkinson, Christopher.


  • Abstract: The AD 5th century epic, the Dionysiaka, by Nonnos of Panopolis contains substantial allusions to earlier works, most notably the works of Homer. The following study examines elements in the Dionysiaka which emulate Homer and argues that the purpose of this emulation was to compete, and ultimately supplant, the Homeric Cycle. This work further argues that this goal was a result of the ... read more
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