The Christianization of Homeric Pagan Elements by Eustathios of Thessalonica

Some Examples froms his Commentary on the “Iliad”

GEORGIA KOLOVOU (Université Paris Nanterre)

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AbstractThe  purpose of our article is to demonstrate that Eustathios of Thessalonica, the byzantine scholar of the 12th century,  reads and treats the pagan elements and the polytheistic  expressions of the Homeric text as a Christian commentator. Precisely, we attempt to demonstrate the Christian modifications of the scholar in the Homeric text, the anti-pagan commentary that he invents, the replacement of the polytheistic expressions of the Homeric text by a monotheistic version, and the «method» of the scholar to modernize, in a way, the Homeric text in his era, the 12th century.

About the Author: Georgia Kolovou is a graduate of the Faculty of Letters in the University of Athens (2005). She received her Master degree (Master I–II) in the University of Sorbonne-Paris IV ( 2006–08), where she also obtained her PhD degree in Greek Philology, in 2012 (2008–12). In the same year she graduated in French Literature in the University of Athens. From 2013, she works as a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Nanterre-Paris X (Labex: Les passés dans le présent) on the topic: Les scholies à l’Iliade: du texte à l’hypertexte. She teaches: Greek Literature and Introduction to Ancient Greek and Roman Literature in the University of Nanterre, Paris X. In 2018, she has been awarded a [non-residential] postdoctoral fellowship from the CHS of the University of Harvard.

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