The Orphic Beauty of Milton's Devil

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dc.citation.spage63
dc.contributor.authorAbecassis, Michael
dc.contributor.editorHouliston,Victor
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-03T12:13:21Z
dc.date.available2019-09-03T12:13:21Z
dc.date.created2000
dc.date.issued2000
dc.description.abstractIn Judaeo-Christian iconography, the Devil is traditionally portrayed as a grotesque and terrifying-looking creature. Half-human half-monster, the fallen angel is adorned with stag’s antlers, straight, pointed ears, a hooked nose and a lion’s muzzle; the back of his head forms a point and he has a goatee beard. He is framed by serrated, bat-like wings; his eyes glow, his legs are hirsute and his goatlike feet end in curved, sharp-pointed claws (see Richardson 39). Satan’s image differs in the fifteenth century, where he is an androgynous figure, depicted either as ‘a woman-headed [serpent] often resembling Eve [or as] a male, a charming putto, a bristling monster’ (McColley 20). Often assimilated to his female counterpart, Lilith, he is the incarnation of an erotico-religious bestiality. His tiara of horns (in Hebrew queren means both ‘horn’ and ‘ray [of light]’2) is the symbol of his virility as well as his divine splendour.
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dc.description.urihttps://sasmars.wordpress.com/sasmars-journal/
dc.identifier.issn1017-3455
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dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12430/549141
dc.journal.titleSouthern African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
dc.journal.volume10
dc.language.isoEnglish
dc.publisherThe Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (SASMARS)
dc.subjectMiddle Ages -- Periodicals.en_ZA
dc.subjectRenaissance -- Periodicals.
dc.subjectMiddle Ages.
dc.subjectRenaissance.
dc.titleThe Orphic Beauty of Milton's Devil
dc.typeJournal Article
local.PlaceUniversity of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein , Johannesburg
local.dctitlejournal.AbbreviationSAJMRS
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