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CARMIGNANI, Marcos. Considerations on the Late Antiquity Hero: the Case of Apollonius (Hist. Apoll., 12). Nova tellus [online]. 2014, vol.32, n.1, pp.81-103. ISSN 0185-3058.

The main intention of this paper is to define the substantial differences between the epic hero, constituted by Odysseus, and the late Antiquity hero, personified by Apollonius of Tyre. These differences show certain keys to understand the late Antiquity hero, where the ideal derives from a Christian rereading of Virgil: the new hero of this time is Christ, with Aeneas as background. In order to do this, I analyze the intersections between pagan and Christian topics that take place in Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri, especially in chapter 12, considering that this novel reuses and transforms some Homeric motifs using other traditions. According to my proposal, this feature responds to a late Antiquity -and possibly Christian- sensibility.

Keywords : Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri; Odyssey; Aeneid; Christianity.

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