Homer’s Gods and Men: Longinus “On the Sublime” (9.7)

Longinus, On the Sublime 9.7

“It seems to me that Homer, in bringing to the gods a range of suffering including internecine conflicts, grudges and vengeance, tears, and bondage during the Trojan War has made his men into gods in terms of strength and his gods into men.”

῞Ομηρος γάρ μοι δοκεῖ παραδιδοὺς τραύματα θεῶν στάσεις τιμωρίας δάκρυα δεσμὰ πάθη πάμφυρτα τοὺς μὲν ἐπὶ τῶν ᾿Ιλιακῶν ἀνθρώπους ὅσον ἐπὶ τῇ δυνάμει θεοὺς πεποιηκέναι, τοὺς θεοὺς δὲ ἀνθρώπους.

Longinus was a fan of Homer...