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Volume 51, Issue 2, December 2011

Roberta Franchi
Pages 473-499

La simbologia del monte e l'importanza del verbo ὑψόω nella « Parafrasi del Vangelo di San Giovanni » di Nonno di Panopoli

In classical and Christian literature mountain symbolism takes many forms deriving from height and center. In so far as mountains are tall, lofty, and rise abruptly to touch heaven, they form part of the symbolism of transcendence and, in so far as they are often numinous places where the gods have revealed their presence, they share in the symbolism of manifestation. According to Gospel’s tradition, in Nonnus’ Paraphrase of St. John’s Gospel, the mountain, visible home of the invisible God, situated next to the deity on account of its high peak and solitude, takes on a symbolic value in revealing the role of Christ and his future elevation on the Cross.

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