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Nonnus

Νόννος). A Greek poet of Panopolis, in Egypt, belonging to the fifth century A.D. As a pagan, he wrote, with poetic talent and in a spirited though highly rhetorical style, a vast epic, called the Dionysiaca (Διονυσιακά) or Bassarica (Βασσαρικά), in forty-eight books, one of the chief sources of our knowledge of the Dionysiac cycle of legends. After becoming a Christian, he composed a paraphrase of the gospel of St. John in Greek hexameters. A good edition of the Dionysiaca is that of Graefe (Leipzig, 1819-26), in 2 vols., and Köchly (Leipzig, 1858). The paraphrase has been edited by Passow (Leipzig, 1834).

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