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Type: Journal article
Title: Chaos theory in Nonnus' Dionysiaca
Author: Newbold, R.
Citation: Scholia: studies in classical antiquity, 1999; 8:37-51
Publisher: Dept. of Classics, University of Natal
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 1018-9017
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Ron Newbold
Abstract: Chaos theory, better known as hidden-order or dynamical systems theory, is a new way to think about order that can illuminate fragmentation and nonlinearity in literature and other fields. Nonnus' Dionysiaca is held together by the deeply encoded structures of the spiral, dance, serpent and web, and by the impulse for self-organisation and self-generation, as it explores the relationship between order and disorder.
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