Analysis of The Fable of the Nine Muses in light of The ten

The second tenet speaks of the need of not placing the piece in one of three contexts (socio-political, literary-historical, autobiographical). Fulgentius' work cannot be neatly placed into only one of three of the categories. It, in fact, does not completely suit even one category. It would be my opinion then, that the Nine Muses fit the social context of the time, and also literary as he explains and defines the muses. This work is not political or historical, as it is a fable, and it surely is not autobiographical.

3. The third tenet is looking at the text in isolation. In order to understand the text, one must study it in isolation or without context. The explanation of the muses can be taken out of Greek context, however the names themselves would be tough to do. This work also mentions goddesses and Homer. It would be tough for the reader not to be put in context, simply because the notion of goddesses existing is not widely accepted these days.

4. The fourth tenet states that "human nature is essentially unchangingaE (C.K. 103). Meaning that through time, literature should encompass essentially the same emotions and situations. Fulgentius, describes the nine muses



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