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(2011)HANDELINGEN : KONINKLIJKE ZUIDNEDERLANDSE MAATSCHAPPIJ VOOR TAAL- EN LETTERKUNDE EN GESCHIEDENIS.65.p.177-191 Mark abstract The episode in Beirut (books 41-43) does not play a central part in the long epic poem of the Dionysiaka, but it is notable because of its unexpected content and the peculiar contrast between its structural importance and its effect of being a mere narrative detour. In this article, a discussion of the Beirut episode as a whole is followed by a detailed analysis of the central book of this episode, containing a series of monologues of Dionysos, attempting to seduce Beroe (the nymph of Beirut). My analysis of book 42 focusses on the monologues of Dionysos and the reactions of Beroe. Special attention is paid to elements of genre and meta-literality, two central notions of my current PhD-research on the Dionysiaka.

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Author: Berenice Verhelst



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