L’asino: animale messianico e dionisiaco in Nonno, Par. Jo. M 61-69
- Nonnus of Panopolis,
- Paraphrasis of the Gospel of St. John,
- triumphal entry into Jerusalem,
- Dionysiac-Christian syncretism
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This paper offers a philological and exegetical analysis of Nonnus par. Jo. 12.61-69. In the light of Just. 1 apol. 54.6-7 and dial. 53.1-4, 69.2, of [Opp.] C. 4.244-256, and of Nonn. D. 14.247-259, it is argued that Nonnus describes the donkey which Jesus rides during his triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Jo. 12.13-15) both as a messianic and a Dionysiac animal.