The Epic Cycle

A Commentary on the Lost Troy Epics

Author: M. L. West

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780199662258

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 1981


West presents all the source material and provides the first comprehensive commentary on the lost Troy epics, making full use of iconographic as well as literary evidence. Discussing the individual fragments and testimonia, he endeavours to reconstruct the connections between them and to build up a picture of the plan and course of each poem.

The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle

Author: Jonathan S. Burgess

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801874819

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 6377


He traces the development and transmission of the Cyclic poems in ancient Greek culture, comparing them to later Homeric poems and finding that they were far more influential than has previously been thought.

The Greek Epic Cycle and its Ancient Reception

A Companion

Author: Marco Fantuzzi,Christos Tsagalis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316298213

Category: Literary Collections

Page: N.A

View: 7789


The poems of the Epic Cycle are assumed to be the reworking of myths and narratives which had their roots in an oral tradition predating that of many of the myths and narratives which took their present form in the Iliad and the Odyssey. The remains of these texts allow us to investigate diachronic aspects of epic diction as well as the extent of variation within it on the part of individual authors - two of the most important questions in modern research on archaic epic. They also help to illuminate the early history of Greek mythology. Access to the poems, however, has been thwarted by their current fragmentary state. This volume provides the scholarly community and graduate students with a thorough critical foundation for reading and interpreting them.

The Trojan Epic


Author: Quintus of Smyrna

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801886355

Category: History

Page: 365

View: 8827


Brilliantly revitalized by James, the Trojan Epic will appeal to a wide range of readers interested in Greek mythology and the legend of Troy.

Greek Epic Fragments from the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries BC

Author: Martin Litchfield West

Publisher: Loeb Classical Library

ISBN: 9780674996052

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

View: 3167


Heroic epic of the eighth to the fifth century BCE includes poems about Hercules and Theseus, as well as the Theban Cycle and the Trojan Cycle. Genealogical epic of that archaic era includes poems that create prehistories for Corinth and Samos. These works are an important source of mythological record.

The Making of the Odyssey

Author: Martin Litchfield West

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198718365

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 315

View: 2948


'The Making of the Odyssey' is a penetrating study of the background, composition, and artistry of the Homeric Odyssey, which places the poem in its late seventh-century context in relation to the 'Iliad' and other poetry of the time.

Return to Troy

New Essays on the Hollywood Epic

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004296085

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

View: 8415


Return to Troy examines the Director’s Cut of Troy: portrayals of gods, heroes, and the fall of Troy; supposed errors; cinematic epic technique; and the Iliad in twentieth-century culture. Unique features include an interview with the director and behind-the-scenes photographs.

Tantalus: The Greek Epic Cycle Retold in Ten Plays

The Epic Greek Cycle Retold in Ten Plays

Author: John Barton

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783195274

Category: Drama

Page: 420

View: 7626


Who is to Blame? What is the Truth? Could it be Otherwise? When theatre began, two and a half millennia ago in ancient Greece, it drew from a well of even older myths, the Epic Cycle. These myths were Europe’s first account of the tragedy and comedy of the human enterprise. Stories and characters from the beginning of our imagination inspired John Barton to write the great cycle of human life, Tantalus, an epic theatre myth for the modern age. Its subject is the Trojan War, a crusade which became a catastrophe. Helen of Troy – was she really the cause of this ten-year war? Agamemnon’s anguish – did he have to sacrifice his daughter? Clytemnestra – was her murderous revenge justified? A wooden horse – how could it destroy a great city? Heroes humbled, children hurt, mothers and fathers bereaved, entire nations shaken and rebuilt: all pass through this kaleidoscope of human fate. This new edition of Tantalus is the culmination of a lifetime’s work and fully encompasses John Barton’s visions and revisions.

The Comparative Perspective

Author: Andrea Ercolani,Manuela Giordano

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110428652

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

View: 3668


This book – the third and concluding volume of the series on “Submerged Literature” in ancient Greek culture – expands the approach presented in the previous volumes to a comparative perspective. The case studies range from Qumran texts to Arabic-Islamic literature, from ancient Rome to gnostic texts, with a particular emphasis on anthropological themes and methods, aiming to offer new insights for both classical and comparative studies.

The Making of the Iliad

Disquisition and Analytical Commentary

Author: M. L. West

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0199590079

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 456

View: 6908


A commentary on the making of the Iliad, distinguishing the different stages of the poet's workings, illuminating his aims and methods, and identifying techniques and motifs derived from ancestral Indo-European tradition or imported from the Near East.

Device and Composition in the Greek Epic Cycle

Author: Benjamin Sammons

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190614854

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 320

View: 6878


From a corpus of Greek epics known in antiquity as the "Epic Cycle," six poems dealt with the same Trojan War mythology as the Homeric poems. Though they are now lost, these poems were much read and much discussed in ancient times, not only for their content but for their mysterious relationship with the more famous works attributed to Homer. In Device and Composition in the Greek Epic Cycle, Benjamin Sammons shows that these lost poems belonged, compositionally, to essentially the same tradition as the Homeric poems. He demonstrates that various compositional devices well-known from the Homeric epics were also fundamental to the narrative construction of these later works. Yet while the "cyclic" poets constructed their works using the same traditional devices as Homer, they used these to different ends and with different results. Sammons argues that the essential difference between cyclic and Homeric poetry lies not in the fundamental building blocks from which they are constructed, but in the scale of these components relative to the overall construction of poems. This sheds important light on the early history of epic as a genre, since it is likely that these devices originally developed to provide large-scale structure to shorter poems and have been put to quite different use in the composition of the monumental Homeric epics. Along the way Sammons sheds new light on the overall form of lost cyclic epics and on the meaning and context of the few surviving verse fragments.

The Cypria

Reconstructing the Lost Prequel to Homer's Iliad

Author: D. M. Smith

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781546302957


Page: 188

View: 5730


In Classical times, the story of the Trojan War was told in a series of eight epic poems known as the Epic Cycle, of which only the Iliad and Odyssey by Homer survive to the present day. The first poem in the sequence was the Cypria, which described the early years of the war from Eris' casting of the golden apple at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, to Paris' abduction of Helen, the sacrifice of Iphigenia, Odysseus' treacherous murder of Palamedes, and finally, the enslavement of Briseis and Chryseis, which sowed the seeds of the conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon in the Iliad.The Cypria is now lost, but the myths it once contained are known from a number of later writings. In an ambitious exercise in literary back-breeding, editor D. M. Smith attempts to reconstruct the lost prequel to Homer's Iliad from the available material. Included are excerpts from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Apollodorus' Bibliotheca, Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis and Colluthus' The Rape of Helen, as well as lesser known documents such as Dictys Cretensis Ephemeris Belli Trojani, and the Excidium Troiae - a medieval summary of a lost Roman account of the Trojan War, discovered among the papers of an 18th century clergyman in the 1930s. This eclectic melange of Greek and Latin texts has been carefully edited and arranged in accordance with the known chronology of the Cypria, thus allowing readers to trace the story of this vanished epic as a continuous narrative for the first time in over a thousand years.


Author: Ovid

Publisher: Big Nest via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1787240185

Category: Philosophy

Page: 624

View: 3771


The Metamorphoses consists of fifteen books and over 250 myths. The poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythico-historical framework.

The War That Killed Achilles

The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War

Author: Caroline Alexander

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101148853

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 8599


"Spectacular and constantly surprising." -Ken Burns Written with the authority of a scholar and the vigor of a bestselling narrative historian, The War That Killed Achilles is a superb and utterly timely presentation of one of the timeless stories of Western civilization. As she did in The Endurance and The Bounty, New York Times bestselling author Caroline Alexander has taken apart a narrative we think we know and put it back together in a way that lets us see its true power. In the process, she reveals the intended theme of Homer's masterwork-the tragic lessons of war and its enduring devastation.

Triphiodorus, "The Sack of Troy"

A General Study and a Commentary

Author: Laura Miguélez-Cavero

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110285304

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 547

View: 3705


This work offers an updated commentary of Triphiodorus’ Sack of Troy, furnished with a thorough introduction. The reliable and long-lasting companion fills a gap in the scholarship on Imperial epic, giving a comprehensive approach to the poem for the benefit of researchers and other interested readers in search either of an updated and informed general study or a meticulous commentary on a certain passage.

Experiencing Hektor

Character in the Iliad

Author: Lynn Kozak

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474245455

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

View: 4913


At the Iliad's climax, the great Trojan hero Hektor falls at the hands of Achilles. But who is Hektor? He has resonated with audiences as a tragic hero, great warrior, loyal husband and father, protector of a doomed city. Yet never has a major work sought to discover how these different aspects of Hektor's character accumulate over the course of the narrative to create the devastating effect of his death. This book documents the experience of Hektor through the Iliad's serial narrative. Drawing on diverse tools from narratology, to cognitive science, but with a special focus on film character, television poetics, and performance practice, it examines how the mechanics of serial narrative construct the character of Hektor. How do we experience Hektor as the performer makes his way through the epic? How does the juxtaposition of scenes in multiple storylines contribute to character? How does the narrative work to manipulate our emotional response? How does our relationship to Hektor change over the course of the performance? Lynn Kozak demonstrates this novel approach through a careful scene-by-scene breakdown and analysis of the Iliad, focusing especially on Hektor. In doing so, she challenges and destabilises popular and scholarly assumptions about both ancient epic and the Iliad's 'other' hero.

Das Nibelungenlied

Author: Burton Raffel

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300125986

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 351

View: 2605


It portrays the existential struggles and downfall of an entire people, the Burgundians, in a military conflict with the Huns and their king."--Jacket.

Brill's Companion to Prequels, Sequels, and Retellings of Classical Epic

Author: Robert Simms

Publisher: Brill's Companions to Classica

ISBN: 9789004249356

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

View: 674


Brill's Companion to Prequels, Sequels, and Retellings of Classical Epic explores the long tradition of continuing Greek and Roman epics from Homer and the epic cycle to the contemporary novels of Ursula K. Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.