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  Nonnus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Greek epic poet Nonnus (Greek "Nonnos"), a native of Panopolis (Akhmim) in the Egyptian Thebaid, probably lived at the end of the 4th or the beginning of the 5th century AD.
Nonnus' principal work is the Dionysiaca, an epic in forty-eight books, the main subject of which is the expedition of Dionysus to India and his return.
The earlier portions treat of the rape of Europa, the battle of the giants, the mythical history of Thebes, and it is not until the eighth book that the birth of the god is described.
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Allusive Engagement in the Dionysiaca of Nonnus (Leiden 2001).
Narcissism and Leadership in Nonnus' Dionysiaca, Helios 28 (2001) 173-190.
Nonnus goes way beyond the conventional requirements of epic in the frequency and emphasis he gives to episodes of flight, by gods and animals, and by humans and demigods who ascend or leap or describe a trajectory through the air, such as Phaethon.
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 Nonnus -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Nonnus, Greek epic (A writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)) poet, a native of Panopolis (Akhmim) in the Egyptian Thebaid, probably lived at the end of the 4th or the beginning of the 5th century AD.
Other poets had already treated the subject, and since the time of (European herb somewhat resembling celery widely naturalized in Britain coastal regions and often cultivated as a potherb) Alexander it had gained popularity from the favourite comparison of the king with the god and of his enemies with the giants.
198), Nonnus was also the author of a Battle of the Giants, and four lines of the Bassarica (also on the subject of Dionysus) have been preserved in (Click link for more info and facts about Stephanus of Byzantium) Stephanus of Byzantium.
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 Nonnus and the Religion of Minaria
Nonnus has always maintained that St. Sankari visits him in his meditations and that if he has done good work, it is because he has had better guidance.
In the best tradition of the cult's missionaries, Nonnus first makes the presence of his ministry known by going among the common throng and speaking in simple words to the crowd in humble places, asking that the afflicted or the distracted be brought to him, and these he heals with wonderful efficacy.
Nonnus' memoirs end at this point in his life, but by that time he was a venerated figure whose activities were widely observed and reported.
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 Electronic Antiquities Volume III, Number 5
Nonnus lies somewhat off the beaten track for most students of literature and next to nothing is known of his life.
Nonnus describes the tumult caused by Phaethon's ineptitude from the perspective of the dislodged and trembling heavenly bodies as the cosmic axis is unbalanced.
However, in Nonnus there are some elaborate and fondly described flights and sunrises, and references to leaping, such as those by spring-heeled Dionysus and that by Silenus, who fixes his gaze upon the sky as he leaps (19.265).
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Nonnus once again comments on the dreamlike qualities of the experience and transfers the orgasmic pleasure to the environment, where hills and trees dance(639-641).
Notable about Nonnus' voyeur scenes is that something usually prevents a final disclosure, as when Pallene's thighs are described as both bare and covered a wrap to conceal her nakedness (48.
In doing this, Nonnus is perpetuating the traditional figure of Dionysus as someone who responds to identity and gender issues in a manner distinct from that of Zeus, Apollo, Orestes, Hephaestus, Perseus and Heracles.
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 - Chapter 21
Nonnus half-stood, half-reclined in the curve of the forepost.
Nonnus bumped himself upright with a twitch of his hips and walked toward Sharina.
Nonnus nodded calmly, but Sharina felt his body go as hard as it had been while facing Ningir.
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 Encyclopedia: Nonnus
Poets are authors of poems, or of other forms of poetry such as dramatic verse.
Hexameter is a literary and poetic form, consisting of six metrical feet per line as in the Iliad.
Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament writings of his early followers.
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 NUN - LoveToKnow Article on NUN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
nonnus, nonna, familiar terms for an old man or woman), a member of a community of women, living under vows a life of religious observance (see MoNAsTIcIsM).
In ecclesiastical Latin nonnus was used by the younger members of a religious community for their elders, and so, in the regula of St Benedict, cap.
While nonna has remained as the generic name of a female religious, nonnus has been replaced by monachus and its various derivatives (see MONK).
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 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.07.60   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Agosti studies it from several points of view, to show that Nonnus' description of the pool is constructed in a metaphorical scheme to represent heaven, the new Jerusalem.
Agosti believes in Nonnus' undoubted authorship of both poems, the temporal priority of the Paraphrase and that Nonnus was always a Christian, as were other poets of both pagan and Christian poems.
The six adjectives of the chapter of St. John increase to 226 in Nonnus and can be explained by the practices of late antique Greek baroque poetry, but it would be better to understand them in the context of Nonnus' interest in interpreting the text with his poetical and theological knowledge.
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 The Challenge of Epic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Nonnus once vied with Homer for popularity; today his Dionysiaca languishes in obscurity.
It is argued that the poet draws on a plethora of allusions to the cycle of Greek mythology in order to imbue his specific narrative with a universal significance.
Focus then shifts to metapoetic allusion: the way in which Nonnus alludes self-consciously to the process of writing, and develops parallels between himself and his subject, Dionysus.
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 NONNUS (Egyptian for " saint ") - Online Information article about NONNUS (Egyptian for " saint ")
FANCY (a shortened form, dating from the 15th century, of " fantasy," which is derived through the O. Fr.
John, which is chiefly interesting as apparently indicating that Nonnus in his later years was a convert to See also:
r98), Nonnus was also the author of a Battle of the Giants, and four lines of the Bassarica (also on the subject of Dionysus) have been preserved in Stephanus of See also:
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 A Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature to the End of the Sixth Century A.D., with an Account of the ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Probably it was written early in life, and Nonnus converted to Christianity after it, and the paraphrase of St. John written after his conversion, possibly, as has been suggested, as a contrast to the Dionysiaca, portraying the life and apotheosis of one more worthy than Dionysus of the name of God.
The style is very florid, marked by a luxuriance of epithets and original compounds (often of very arbitrary formation), elaborate periphrasis, and metaphors often piled together in hopeless confusion; and many unusual forms are invented.
The Dionysiaca attributed to Nonnus by Agathias (u.s.
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 Nonnus --  Encyclopædia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Nonnus' fertile inventiveness and felicitous descriptive fantasy, which are well served by a unique command of the language…
The poem is in imitation of Homer and Nonnus and tells the story of Paris and Helen from the wedding of Peleus and Thetis down to Helen's arrival at Troy.
An example is the transitional work of Nonnus, a 5th-century Egyptian-born Greek who eventually converted to Christianity.
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 Byzantine Empire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This church would become the centre of Byzantine religious life and the centre of the Eastern Orthodox form of Christianity.
The sixth century was also a time of flourishing culture (although Justinian closed the university at Athens), producing the epic poet Nonnus, the lyric poet Paul the Silentiary, the historian Procopius and the natural philosopher John Philoponos, among other notable talents.
Justinian left his successors a severely depleted treasury, however, and they were largely unable to deal with the sudden appearance of new invaders on all fronts.
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 IPL Online Literary Criticism Collection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Nonnus of Panopolis (ca 5th century AD - ca 5th century AD)
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Litteraturzeitung, 1891, 332), and a fourteenth-century Manuscript suggests Ammonius as the author of the "Paraphrase", but the similarity of style makes it very probable that the two poems have the same author.
Nonnus would then seem to have been a pagan when he wrote the first, and afterwards to have become a Christian.
The "Paraphrase" is not completely extant; 3750 lines of it, now divided into twenty-one chapters, are known.
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 Nonnus - ArtPolitic Encyclopedia of Politics : Information Portal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Nonnus - ArtPolitic Encyclopedia of Politics : Information Portal
Nonnus (Egyptian for "saint"), Greek epic poet, a native of Panopolis[?] (Akhmim) in the Egyptian Thebaid, probably lived at the end of the 4th or the beginning of the 5th century AD.
We also possess under his name a paraphrase (js€ra/3oX1~) of the Gospel of St John, which is chiefly interesting as apparently indicating that Nonnus in his later years was a convert to Christianity.
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 Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors & the Holy Fathers - Nonnus_bishop_of_heliopolis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Someone told me of an extraordinarily high degree of purity.
He said: "A certain man (NOTE: St. Nonnus, Bishop of Heliopolis), on seeing a beautiful woman, thereupon glorified the Creator; and from that one look, he was moved to the love of God and to a fountain of tears.
And it was wonderful to see how what would have been a cause of destruction for one was for another the supernatural cause of a crown." If such person always feels and behaves in the same way on similar occasions, then he has risen immortal before the general resurrection.
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 Greek Mythology: ASTRIS Star Nymph of India ( also Asteria )
And if you have not forgotten your Klymene’s bed, protect Deriades, a sprout of your own stock, who has in him the blood of Astris (Sidereal Maiden) [wife of Hydaspes and mother of Deriades] said to be your daughter [by Klymene]." - Nonnus, Dionysiaca 17.269
"[Dionysos cries out to the River Hydaspes who attempts to drown his troops:] 'And if it is Asterie [daughter of Helios] your wife that makes you so proud, because she has the blood of Hyperion’s heavenly kin, my father burnt with fire the gold son of Helios the fiery charioteer [Phaethon]." - Nonnus, Dionysiaca 23.236
"You [Deriades king of the Indians] have in you the heavenly blood of a daughter of Phaethon [ie Astris daughter of Helios], your blazing grandfather." - Nonnus, Dionysiaca 26.32
www.theoi.com /Nymphe/NympheAstris.html   (244 words)

 AllRefer.com - Nonnus (Classical Literature, Biography) - Encyclopedia
AllRefer.com - Nonnus (Classical Literature, Biography) - Encyclopedia
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His extant epic, Dionysiaca (in 48 books), a collection of legends about Dionysus, has innovations in meter that predict the later accentual versification.
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