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The War with God: Theomachy in Roman Imperial Poetry

Pramit Chaudhuri


This book is the first large-scale study of conflict between humans and gods (‘theomachy’) in Latin epic and tragic poetry. Theomachy informs some of the most influential works in the European literary tradition from Homer and Euripides to Marlowe and Milton. Nowhere is the theme more frequently and powerfully represented, however, than in the Latin poetry of early imperial Rome, from Ovid at the beginning of the first century AD to Statius at its end. This book asks why that theme was so important to Roman poets of the time and how this period of literary history developed and influenced the ... More

Keywords: theomachy, god, epic, tragedy, poetics, philosophy, politics, impiety, hero, sublime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199993383
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993383.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pramit Chaudhuri, author
Dartmouth College