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THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE CLASSICAL HERITAGE I Art and Ceremony in Late Antiquity by Sabine G. MacCormack II Synesius of Cyrene: Philosopher-Bishop by Jay Bregman III Theodosian Empresses: Women and Imperial Dominion in Late Antiquity by Kenneth G. Holum IV John Chrysostom and the Jews: Rhetoric and Reality in the Late Fourth Century by Robert L. Wilken V Biography in Late Antiquity: A Quest for the Holy Man by Patricia Cox Peter Brown, General Editor VI Pachomius: The Making of a Community In Fourth-Century Egypt by Philip Rousseau VII Change in Byzantine Culture in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries by A. P. Kazhdan and Ann Wharton Epstein VIII Leadership and Community in Late Antique Gaul by Raymond Van Dam IX Homer the Theologian: Neoplatonist Allegorical Reading and the Growth of the Epic Tradition by Robert Lamberton X Procopius and the Sixth Century by Averil Cameron XI Guardians of the Language: The Grammarian and Society in Late Antiquity by R. A. Kaster HOMER THE THEOLOGIAN The Title Page of Chapman's Odyssey (1614?) ROBERT LAMBERTON HOMER THE THEOLOGIAN Neoplatonist Allegorical Reading and the Growth of the Epic Tradition UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS Berkeley • Los Angeles • London This book is a print-on-demand volume. It is manufactured using toner in place of ink. Type and images may be less sharp than the same material seen in traditionally printed University of California Press editions. University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California University of California Press, Ltd. London, England First Paperback Printing 1989© 1986 by The Regents of the University of California Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Lamberton, Robert. Homer the theologian. (Transformation of the classical heritage; 9) Bibliography: p. Includes index. 1. Homer—Religion and ethics. 2. Homer—Allegory and symbolism. 3. Religion in literature. 4. Allegory. 5. Neoplatonism. 6. Epic poetry—History and criticism. I. Title. II. Series. PA4037.L32 1986 883'.01 85-1184 ISBN 0-520-06622-7 (alk. paper) Printed in the United States ofAmerica The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992 (R 1997) (Permanence of Paper). ...