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The earlier few a long time have obvious the improvement of recent severe tools with which the poetic and rhetorical dimensions of historical Greek texts will be evaluated. during this quantity, a world team of uncommon students comes jointly to envision how a variety of old texts in several genres have been in a position to assert their authority and claims to fact, usually alluding to each other in refined methods as they tried to undertaking their very own superiority. a sequence of illuminating new readings is accessible of either specific passages and full works within the gentle of those new severe advances

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Reiterating the original act of cosmogonic creation in the opposite sense, this second demiurgic act is what prompts the citation of the verses in praise of Zeus mentioned earlier; it presents the sovereign of all things as the first and last. It is then that the ruler of creation, himself associated with Moira, if not with Aphrodite-Ourania, can reunite with his own mother Rhea, probably associated with Gaia as well as with Meter and Hera by the poem itself! The state of the papyrus unfortunately deprives us of the final stages – if there are any – of the creation of the world through the 23 PDerveni col.

40 Contrary to what is argued, for example, by Kouremenos, Parássoglou & Tsantsanoglou, 2006: 45-58, who review the different theses advanced on the subject, only to conclude that “the Derveni author is not Orphic or even antiOrphic” (p. 52). 41 PDerveni XX, 1-12 (transl. by Laks & Most 1997, 18-19); on this passage, see references given by Calame (1997) 77-78. 32 Claude Calame [Concerning] those men who, while performing holy rites in the cities (epitelesantes ta hiera), have seen them, I wonder (thaumazo) less that they do not understand (since it is not possible to hear and at the same time to learn the meaning of the words).

29 Moreover, since a cosmo-theogonic term can take on a double meaning, the simple “say” or “tell” (legein) of the poem in epic diction becomes a “make understand”, just as in the example of the now famous adjective aidoios characterizing the one who first sprung up in the ether 28 PDerveni col. IX, 10; cf. Hdt. 1-2 and Hom. Il. 63. In the following phrase, whose text is extremely fragmentary, the commentator appears to strongly affirm that he has made evident what was not readily apparent: cf.

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