The Mask of Apollo

A Novel

Author: Mary Renault

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480432911

Category: Fiction

Page: 371

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This novel of ancient Greece, featuring Plato and a young actor, by the bestselling author of the Novels of Alexander the Great, is “a shining light” (Hilary Mantel, Man Booker Award–winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies). In the fourth century BC, Nikeratos is an actor, a devotee of Plato, and a friend of Dion of Syracuse. Their relationship gives Nikeratos rare proximity to the Greek political stage at a moment when ambitions are about to collide. In Syracuse, the young tyrant Dionysios the Younger rules, but Dion is determined to bring democracy and strength to the city. In an effort to curb Dionysios’s excesses, Dion has Plato pose as a tutor—only to learn that the corrupt youth won’t be so easily contained. With a combination of erudition and storytelling force, Renault immerses the reader in intrigue and crafts a vibrant Syracuse that leaps off the page. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary Renault including rare images of the author.

Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus

Author: Jonathan Cross

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351564129

Category: Music

Page: 196

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Hailed at its premiere at the London Coliseum in 1986 as the most important musical and theatrical event of the decade, The Mask of Orpheus is undoubtedly a key work in Harrison Birtwistle's output. His subsequent stage and concert pieces demand to be evaluated in its light. Increasingly, it is also viewed as a key work in the development of opera since the Second World War, a work that pushed at the boundaries of what was possible in lyrical theatre. In its imaginative fusion of music, song, drama, myth, mime and electronics, it has become a beacon for many younger composers, and the object of wide critical attention. Jonathan Cross begins his detailed study of this 'lyric tragedy' by placing it in the wider context of the reception of the Orpheus myth. In particular, the significance of Orpheus for the twentieth century is discussed, and this provides the backdrop for an examination of Birtwistle's preoccupation with the story in a variety of works across his creative life. The sources and genesis of The Mask of Orpheus are explored. This is followed by a close reading of the work's three acts, analysing their structure and meaning, investigating the relationship between music, text and drama, drawing on Zinovieff's textual drafts and Birtwistle's compositional sketches. The book concludes by suggesting a range of contexts within which The Mask of Orpheus might be understood. Its central themes of time, memory and identity, loss, mourning and melancholy, touch a deep sensibility in late-modern society and culture. Interviews with the librettist and composer round off this important study.

The Masks of Tragedy

Essays on Six Greek Dramas

Author: Thomas G. Rosenmeyer

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292749732

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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"What matters about a play is not the extent to which it is like any other play, but the way in which it is different," writes Thomas G. Rosenmeyer. "This is, I suggest, how the ancient audiences received the performances.... My purpose, then, in writing these essays is twofold: ... to devote enough space to the discussion of each play to allow its special tone and texture to emerge without hindrance and at leisure ... and to include in one collection analyses of plays so different from one another that the accent will come to rest on the variety of the tragic experience rather than on any one narrowly defined norm." Greek tragedy is a vehicle for many different ideas and many different intentions. From the wealth of material that has come down to us the author has chosen six plays for analysis. He reminds us that the plays were written to be seen and heard, and only secondarily to be studied. The listeners expected each play to have a specific objective, and to exhibit its own mood. These the author attempts to recover for us, by listening to what each play, in its own right, has to say. His principal concern is with the tragic diction and the tragic ideas, designed to release certain massive responses in the large theater-going group of ancient Athens. In exploring the characters and the situations of the plays he has chosen, the author transports his reader to the world of fifth-century B.C. Greece, and establishes the relevance of that world to our own experience. The essays are not introductory in nature. No space is given, for instance, to basic information about the playwrights, the history of Greek drama, or the special features of the Attic stage. Yet the book addresses itself to classicists and nonclassicists alike. The outgrowth of a series of lectures to nonspecialists, its particular appeal is to students of literature and the history of Western thought. Parallels are drawn between the writings of the philosophers and the tragedies, and attention is paid to certain popular Greek beliefs that colored the tragic formulations. Ultimately, however, the approach is not historical but critical; it is the author's intention to demonstrate the beauty and the craftsmanship of the plays under discussion.

The Mask of Circe

Author: Henry Kuttner,C.L. Moore

Publisher: Diversion Books

ISBN: 1626814031

Category: Fiction

Page: 158

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A psychiatrist travels to a world of magic and gods in this take on “Jason and the Argonauts” from the Hugo Award–nominated author of Earth’s Last Citadel. Jay Seward remembers a former life in a land of magic, gods, and goddesses—a time when he was Jason of Iolcus, sailing in the enchanted ship Argo to steal the Golden Fleece from the serpent-temples of Apollo. But one night the memories become startlingly real, as the Argo itself sails out of the spectral mists and a hauntingly beautiful voice calls: “Jason . . . come to me!” And suddenly he’s on the deck of the Argo, sailing into danger and magic . . . “A fantasy in the grand tradition of Merritt and the other giants.” —Arthur Leo Zagat, author of the Tomorrow series Praise for Henry Kuttner “One of the all-time major names in science fiction.” —The New York Times “A neglected master.” —Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 “Kuttner is magic.” —Joe R. Lansdale, author of The Thicket

Die Abenteuer des Apollo 1: Das verborgene Orakel

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Carlsen

ISBN: 3646929677

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 416

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Der Gott Apollo fällt vom Himmel direkt in ein paar Mülltonnen – er ist bei Zeus in Ungnade gefallen und wurde zur Strafe seiner Unsterblichkeit beraubt! Prompt wird er auch noch überfallen, doch zum Glück springt ihm Meg zur Seite – frech, kampflustig, höchstens zwölf und zweifelsfrei eine Halbgöttin. Zusammen machen sie sich auf nach Camp Half-Blood, doch dort lauern weitere Gefahren. Und noch dazu funktioniert das Orakel von Delphi nicht mehr, denn es ist immer noch von Apollos altem Feind Python besetzt ... Neue Abenteuer aus der Welt der Götter, und auchmit Percy Jackson gibt es ein Wiedersehen! Alle Bände der Apollo-Serie: Die Abenteuer des Apollo− Das verborgene Orakel (Band 1) Die Abenteuer des Apollo− Die dunkle Prophezeiung (Band 2) Die Abenteuer des Apollo− Das brennende Labyrinth (Band 3) Zwei weitere Bände folgen

Writing Plural Worlds in Contemporary U.S. Poetry

Innovative Identities

Author: J. Keller

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023062376X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 229

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This book reveals how poets within the U.S. multi-ethnic avant-garde give up the goal of narrating one comprehensive, rooted view of cultural reality in favour of constructing coherent accounts of relational, local selves and worlds.

The Masks of Orpheus

Seven Stages in the Story of European Music

Author: Wilfrid Mellers

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719024566

Category: Music

Page: 174

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Sinful Seven

Author: Ryan Browning

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496932781

Category: Fiction

Page: 266

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Nothing is more desirable than power, but nothing is more offensive. Henry Williams founded Muse Industries to develop cybernetic implants designed to obsolete human frailty. Cybertechnology revolutionized the world, propelling the Williams family to the highest strata of society. Governments, business, and people demanded cybernetic implants with an insatiable thirst. Power breeds envy, creating silent enemies seeking to destroy the business magnate. In a world unable to enforce international laws, corporations wage a shadow war of espionage and sabotage. A failed attempt to abduct Henry’s daughter, Julia, alerted him to a conspiracy against his company. Seven powerful families compete against the Williams’ expanding wealth and influence. Surrounded by enemies, Henry must discern friends from foes in order to protect his daughter. Business is warfare that ensures only the strong or cunning survive.

Masks of Authority

Fiction and Pragmatics in Ancient Greek Poetics

Author: Claude Calame

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801438929

Category: History

Page: 248

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Exploring a variety of literary texts representing different poetic genres, Claude Calame, an internationally known classicist, draws the lineaments of a real history of the means used by ancient Greek poets to create in their works a fictional authorship. In this collection of essays, he shows that they made of their poems, through various discursive strategies, texts to be performed, with the collective, ritual, and pragmatic values implicit in the ideas of craft and performance. How is it possible to distinguish between the external context and reception of a discursive work and the elaborate poetic effects produced in the text itself by means of language? Clearly, the partly fictional figure of the author "constructed" by the text is not the same as the biographical author. In ancient Greece, moreover, the person of the composer of a poem was often distinct from the person of its performer.Important examples in Masks of Authority include some of the Homeric Hymns, didactic poetry by Hesiod, a bucolic poem of Theocritus, performed poetry by Sappho and mimetic poems by Callimachus, Attic tragedy and comedy in masked performances (Sophocles and Aristophanes), an iconographic inscription, an authoritative scientific discourse by Hippocrates, and an initiatory commentary to an Orphic theogony. The result is a selective history of Greek poetics from the perspective of its authorial devices and social functions, its place between oral and written traditions.

The Face of Apollo

Author: Fred Saberhagen

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9780312864088

Category: Fiction

Page: 382

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Jeremy Redthorn agrees to help a beautiful stranger by putting on the Mask of Apollo, and now he must face Hades, the Lord of the Underworld; Thanatos, the embodiment of death, and Hephaestus, the smith who creates the gods' magical technology

Notices of Engravers, and Their Works

Being the Commencement of a New Dictionary, which it is Not Intended to Continue, Containing Some Account of Upwards of Three Hundred Masters, with More Complete Catalogues of Several of the More Eminent Than Have Yet Appeared, and Numerous Original Notices of the Performances of Other Artists Hitherto Little Known

Author: William Young Ottley

Publisher: N.A


Category: Engravers

Page: 216

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Refiguring the Spiritual

Beuys, Barney, Turrell, Goldsworthy

Author: Mark C. Taylor

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527772

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Mark C. Taylor provocatively claims that contemporary art has lost its way. With the art market now mirroring the art of finance, many artists create works solely for the purpose of luring investors and inspiring trade among hedge funds and private equity firms. When art is commodified, corporatized, and financialized, it loses its critical edge and is transformed into a financial instrument calculated to maximize profitable returns. Joseph Beuys, Matthew Barney, James Turrell, and Andy Goldsworthy are artists who differ in style, yet they all defy the trends that have diminished art's potential in recent decades. They understand that art is a transformative practice drawing inspiration directly and indirectly from ancient and modern, Eastern and Western forms of spirituality. For Beuys, anthroposophy, alchemy, and shamanism drive his multimedia presentations; for Barney and Goldsworthy, Celtic mythology informs their art; and for Turrell, Quakerism and Hopi myth and ritual shape his vision. Eluding traditional genres and classifications, these artists combine spiritually inspired styles and techniques with material reality, creating works that resist merging space into cyberspace in a way that overwhelms local contexts with global networks. Their art reminds us of life's irreducible materiality and humanity's inescapability of place. For them, art is more than just an object or process—it is a vehicle transforming human awareness through actions echoing religious ritual. By lingering over the extraordinary work of Beuys, Barney, Turrell, and Goldsworthy, Taylor not only creates a novel and personal encounter with their art but also opens a new understanding of overlooked spiritual dimensions in our era.

The Firebrand

Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575113839

Category: Fiction

Page: 559

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'Still my fate: always to speak the truth, and only to be thought mad' Kassandra, daughter of Priam the king and Hecuba the priestess, twin sister to Paris and prophetess of Apollo, her visions dismissed as lunatic ravings, is powerless to avert the fall of Troy...

Masks of Difference

Cultural Representations in Literature, Anthropology and Art

Author: David Richards

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521479721

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 348

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David Richards examines historical anthropological discourse--specifically writings about and depictions of "savage" peoples by conquering races--as a form of textual practice. Masks of Difference provides detailed readings of individual representations, both artistic and literary, of colonization, including Florida (1564-90) and Scotland (1814), together with extended surveys. What emerges is a composite picture of anthropological representation as a textual genre in its own right, embracing literature, literary theory and colonial/postcolonial studies.

Die dunkle Prophezeiung

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Carlsen

ISBN: 3646929685

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 448

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Apollo muss sich ja neuerdings als pickliger Junge Lester auf der Erde durchschlagen. Aber nun weiß er, was er tun muss, um seine Unsterblichkeit zurückzuerlangen: Er muss die alten Orakel, sein eigentliches Wirkungsfeld, wieder zum Leben erwecken. Mit dem Bronzedrachen Festus fliegt er quer durch die USA, um nach einem Höhlenorakel zu suchen. Doch seine Gegenspieler, der alte römische Kaiser Nero und seine zwei Mitstreiter, wollen ihn daran hindern und laufen zu ganz neuer Fiesheit auf ... Die Serie »Die Abenteuer des Apollo« ist auf 5 Bände angelegt. Bisher erschienen: Die Abenteuer des Apollo− Das verborgene Orakel (Band 1) Die Abenteuer des Apollo− Die dunkle Prophezeiung (Band 2) Die Abenteuer des Apollo− Das brennende Labyrinth (Band 3)

Allegory Old and New

In Literature, the Fine Arts, Music and Theatre, and Its Continuity in Culture

Author: M. Kronegger,Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792323488

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 326

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Bringing allegory into the light from the neglect into which it fell means focusing on the wondrous heights of the human spirit in its significance for culture. Contemporary philosophies and literary theories, which give pre-eminence to primary linguistics forms (symbol and metaphor), seem to favor just that which makes intelligible communication possible. But they fall short in accounting for the deepest subliminal founts that prompt the mind to exalt in beauty, virtue, transcending aspiration. The present, rich collection shows how allegory, incorporating the soaring of the spirit, offers highlights for culture, with its fluctuations and transformation. This collective effort, rich in ideas and intuitions and covering a vast range of cultural manifestations, is a pioneering work, retrieving the vision of the exalted human spirit, bringing together literature, theatre, music and painting in a variety of revealing perspectives. The authors include: M. Kronegger, Ch. Raffini, J. Smith, J.B. Williamson, H. Ross, M.F. Wagner, F. Divorne, L. Oppenheim, D.K. Heckerl, N. Campi de Castro, P. Saurez Pascual, M. Alfaro Amieiro, H. Fletcher Thompson, R.J. Wilson III, and A. Stensaas. For specialists, students and workers in philosophy, comparative literature, aesthetic phenomenologists and historians of art.

The Oxford Companion to English Literature

Author: Dinah Birch

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191030848

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1184

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature has long been established as the leading reference resource for students, teachers, scholars, and general readers of English literature. It provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature - from writers, their works, and the historical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, and allusions. For the seventh edition, the Companion has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs and concerns of today's students and general readers. Over 1,000 new entries have been added, ranging from new writers - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Patrick Marber, David Mitchell, Arundhati Roy - to increased coverage of writers and literary movements from around the world. Coverage of American literature has been substantially increased, with new entries on writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Amy Tan and on movements and publications. Contextual and historical coverage has also been expanded, with new entries on European history and culture, post-colonial literature, as well as writers and literary movements from around the world that have influenced English literature. The Companion has always been a quick and dependable source of reference for students, and the new edition confirms its pre-eminent role as the go-to resource of first choice. All entries have been reviewed, and details of new works, biographies, and criticism have been brought right up to date. So also has coverage of the themes, approaches and concepts encountered by students today, from terms to articles on literary theory and theorists. There is increased coverage of writers from around the world, as well as from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and of contextual topics, including film and television, music, and art. Cross-referencing has been thoroughly updated, with stronger linking from writers to thematic and conceptual entries. Meanwhile coverage of popular genres such as children's literature, science fiction, biography, reportage, crime fiction, fantasy or travel literature has been increased substantially, with new entries on writers from Philip Pullman to Anne Frank and from Anais Nin to Douglas Adams. The seventh edition of this classic Companion - now under the editorship of Dinah Birch, assisted by a team of 28 distinguished associate editors, and over 150 contributors - ensures that it retains its status as the most authoritative, informative, and accessible guide to literature available.

Theatre of Apollo

Divine Justice and Sophocles' Oedipus the King

Author: Drew Griffith

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773515000

Category: Drama

Page: 147

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Literary critics have consistently marginalized the role of Apollo in Sophocles' Oedipus the King: some declare him to be inscrutable, others ignore him, and still others deny his existence altogether. In defiance of this long-standing critical consensus, Drew Griffith offers a new interpretation of the play by arguing that Apollo brings about Oedipus' downfall as just punishment for his hubris.