[Milton-L] Characterization of Satan

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Sun Dec 19 18:42:48 EST 2010

Isn't an association bound to fail in the end, as Satan is clearly evil
against a clearly definable good, while the contestants of the Iliad and
every other epic were neither clearly good nor evil?  Does the concept of
evil underlie Greek mythology or epic literature?

Jim R

On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 2:06 PM, John Hale
<john.hale at stonebow.otago.ac.nz>wrote:

> Satan is linked with Hector in P Lost very early and very prominently, when
> he says to Beelzebub, "If thou beest he, but O how fallen! How changed /
> from him who etc." etc. This has long been recognised as an echo of Aeneas
> speaking during the fall of Troy to the ghost of Hector, Aeneid II. 274.
>   It is not a parallel of Satan with Hector, but of Satan (perhaps) with
> Aeneas.  But the echo itself comes intertwined with Isaiah 14. 12 "How art
> thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer".
>   The question is, What is there to recognise that is both new and true
> (specific and provable) about the poem by pressing the association between
> Satan and Hector?
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