Aspects of Apotheosis as a Literary Device



Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The respect for powers and forces transcending human possibilities finds its expression in the literary production of every literate culture. In the paper, both the transformation of the divine and heroic attributes to the attributes of extraordinary people and the elevation of human virtues and abstract entities into the deities, occurring in the Ancient, especially Roman, literary sources, are discussed. Inspired by the investigation of Cicero’s representations of divinized humans, presented in the exceptional study of Cicero and the Rise of Deification at Rome by Spencer Cole, oscillation between figurative and cognitive dimension of literary metaphors in the poetic and novelistic Roman descriptions is observed in order to understand the interaction between literature and politics in the imperial period.
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