Description : Madness plays a vital role in many ancient epics: not only do characters go mad, but madness also often occupies a central thematic position in the texts. In this book, Debra Hershkowitz examines from a variety of theoretical angles the representation and poetic function of madness in Greek and Latin epic from Homer through the Flavians, including individual chapters devoted to the Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Lucan's Bellum Civile, and Statius' Thebaid. The study also addresses the difficulty of defining madness, and discusses how each epic explores this problem in a different way, finding its own unique way of conceptualizing madness. Epic madness interacts with ancient models of madness, but also, even more importantly, with previous representations of madness in the literary tradition. Likewise, the reader's response to epic madness is influenced by both ancient and modern views of madness, as well as by an awareness of intertextuality.
Description : The epic culmination in the Soul Forge Saga. A carefully hidden truth is revealed-the key to the kingdom's salvation if the Wizard of the North and her unstable companion can find a way to unlock its secret and survive an encounter with a wyrm bent on destroying the world.Far to the south, a ragtag group of assassins set out to end the land's suffering. Waylaid by an eccentric necromancer, and suffering a tragic loss that threatens to ruin their poorly laid plan, they stagger toward a fate no one ever envisioned.An obsidian nightmare is summoned and Zephyr will never be the same.
Description : This book considers the Roman historian Tacitus’ (c. 55 – c. 120 C.E.) use of the language and narrative techniques of the epic poets, in particular Virgil and Lucan, for his presentation of the Roman civil wars of 68–70 C.E. in the Histories.
Description : The author deciphers Nietzsche's most enigmatic work as Zarathustra's epic campaign to save secular culture from degradation in the godless world. In this epic reading, the ostensibly atheistic work turns out to be a profound religious text. This revelation is breathtaking and edifying.
Description : "The scope of this book is daunting, ranging from madness in the ancient Greco-Roman world, to Christianized concepts of medieval folly, through the writings of early modern authors such as Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Descartes, and on to German Romantic philosophy, fin de siecle French poetry, and Freud . . . Artaud, Duras, and Plath."-Isis"This provocative and closely argued work will reward many readers."-ChoiceIn Revels in Madness, Allen Thiher surveys a remarkable range of writers as he shows how conceptions of madness in literature have reflected the cultural assumptions of their era, and emphasizes the transition from classical to modern theories of madness-a transition that began at the end of the Enlightenment and culminates in recent women's writing that challenges the postmodern understanding of madness as a fall from language or as a dysfunction of culture.
Description : This study of Nebuchadnezzar's madness in Daniel 4 demonstrates how the elements which the biblical author borrowed from Ancient Near Eastern myth commanded the attention of early Jewish and Christian exegetes.
Description : It has been about two thousand years since the life of Jesus Christ, but his memory has not been forgotten. The Bible is the most read book of all time, and recently movies have come out about Jesus. How then is it that Christianity has gotten so far from the teachings and life of the basis for the belief? We have gone from a man who always showed love to everyone and a man who was poor in earthly standards, to a religion with materialism and elitism. Enter a world where Kings rule and Priests reign. In this world, there are only two countries, and neither knows about the other one. The first country is ruled by the High Priest, who speaks on behalf of the creator. The people of this country have a large set of rules to follow, and because of their morality, they have thrived as a nation. Their city has large buildings, and their temple resembles that of a very powerful King. The people here worship the creator, and they do not tolerate anyone who doesnat believe what they do. The country is divided into two classes: the believers and the unbelievers. The unbelievers are struck with poverty and disease. They are on the brink of annihilation, with no hope in sight. Across the ocean is another country that is ruled by their King. The King is a servant of the people, and he always puts the peopleas needs in front of his own. His family has always been in power, but the King is growing old, and he was not able to have a son, only a daughter. The people of this country do not worship the creator, for they know nothing about him. They put all of their hope in their King. A new man soon arrives to this country, and he catches the eye of the princess. The people look to this man to be their newKing, but this man has ulterior motives for the throne. The only one who can challenge him for the throne is a young man who is in an inner struggle between the forces of evil and the forces of good. You see, the world has not always been this way, for the creator was once the focus of all who roamed the earth. What went wrong, and why did the creator let it happen? Will the forces of dark win, or will light once again cover the world? Will false religion win, or will love?
Description : EPIC A Going the Distance Novel The third book in the Going the Distance Series Every decision is an ending ... and a beginning Broke and close to broken-hearted, Jess Donovan doesn't know what to do with her life. She's lost her job and she's discovered that the man she loves, the charismatic and elusive Tyler Smith, has a troubled past that's left him damaged...perhaps beyond repair. Unable to trust him or her feelings, when her long-lost father invites her to visit him a continent away, she leaps at the chance to get some perspective. In dazzling New Zealand, her fortunes seem to be turning way, way up. She lands a lucrative gig in a tourism commercial, cast opposite Kaleb Te Anga, a guy who's Tyler's opposite in every way. When things heat up between them on-set, fake kisses turning to hot real kisses, Jess finds herself torn. Is this just a holiday hook-up, or something deeper? How can she feel so much for two different people, and how will she ever choose between them? If she gets that chance ... because her indecisive heart might mean she'll lose them both. EPIC is the third installment in the Going the Distance series. Read Random and Stoked, the first two books.
Description : The Mancer Epic is the first of a nine-book epic series, entitled Soulstream. It is about ordinary teenagers who discover that they were worshiped and revered as gods in an earlier lifetime. Unlocking the mysteries of the universe, they race against time to save others like them from being hunted and killed by a secret society, OZONE, that wants them only to exist in mythology. Using uncanny powers from the Soulstream, which humans call Heaven, these characters, known as Mancers, prepare for an inevitable war that could end the world as we know it.