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By Roberto Calasso

Wonderful, encouraged, and gloriously erudite, Literature and the Gods is the fruits of Roberto Calasso’s lifelong examine of the gods within the human mind's eye. by way of uncovering the divine whisper that lies at the back of the easiest poetry and prose from around the centuries, Calasso supplies us a renewed feel of the secret and attraction of serious literature.

From the banishment of the classical divinities in the course of the Age of cause to their emancipation via the Romantics and their position within the literature of our personal time, the heritage of the gods is also learn as a ciphered and luxurious heritage of literary idea. Rewriting that tale, Calasso carves out a sacred area for literature the place the presence of the gods is discernible. His inquiry into the character of “absolute literature” transports us to the geographical regions of Dionysus and Orpheus, Baudelaire and Mallarmé, and activates a lucid and impassioned safeguard of poetic shape, even if it sounds as if severed from any social functionality. Lyrical and guaranteed, Literature and the Gods is an intensely enticing paintings of literary confirmation that merits to be learn along the masterpieces it celebrates.

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Hence, their perception is less guarded than their father’s on the goddess of love, or so they indicate to him. The timing and dialogue are significant since the sisters have just escaped an organized attempt to bind them in incestuous marriages in Egypt. They accept romance as a sequence laid down by Aphrodite and anticipate their own willing seduction in Argos. They refer to the Erotes and Aphrodite as stagemanaging a process, one consistent with all ancient interpretations of the goddess. But The Suppliants (the well-preserved first of a trilogy (preceding The Egyptians and Danaids) reveals the girls’ mass murder of their Egyptian husbands to save their father’s life.

Hence, their perception is less guarded than their father’s on the goddess of love, or so they indicate to him. The timing and dialogue are significant since the sisters have just escaped an organized attempt to bind them in incestuous marriages in Egypt. They accept romance as a sequence laid down by Aphrodite and anticipate their own willing seduction in Argos. They refer to the Erotes and Aphrodite as stagemanaging a process, one consistent with all ancient interpretations of the goddess. But The Suppliants (the well-preserved first of a trilogy (preceding The Egyptians and Danaids) reveals the girls’ mass murder of their Egyptian husbands to save their father’s life.

His fictional novel True History, about a fantastic journey to the Moon and Venus, was a futuristic exercise. His authorship of De Dea Syria [On the Syrian Goddess] and the Amores. (Erotes is also attributed to a Pseudo-Lucian, since Lucianos’s fluency in the Attic dialect was questionable). On the Syrian Goddess is a Latin work in the sub-dialect Ionic Greek style of Herodotus. It gives a specific description of religious cult practices in Hierapolis in Syria, with mass worship centring upon the rich sanctuary of the goddess, the Ionic Temple architecture, male votive figures, orgiastic and divination rituals, festivities and sacred professions.

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