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Ancient epic poetry : Homer, Apollonius, Virgil /
Charles Rowan Beye.
imprint
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1993.
description
xiii, 280 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
080149964X (pbk. : alk. paper) 0801426731 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1993.
isbn
080149964X (pbk. : alk. paper) 0801426731 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
3244904
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-277) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-09:
The numerous significant virtues of this book outweigh its one serious flaw. On the positive side it offers a fluently written, easily accessible compendium of useful information about the ancient epic tradition, including chapters on the nature and technique of oral poetry and surveys of the action and themes of the Iliad, Odyssey, Argonautica, and Aeneid. It also, however, offers personal interpretations of the texts, which often, but not by any means always, are convincing. In regard to the Aeneid the personal orientation of the author toward the "optimistic" interpretation of the poem prevents him from providing a balanced discussion of the opposed "pessimistic" view. Beye does include in his useful section on further reading works representing the latter interpretation, but he omits from his text and bibliography one of the most important of such works, R.O.A.M. Lyne's Further Voices in Vergil's Aeneid (CH, Feb'88). The best way to use this book would be in a course where its views could be debated and tested before acceptance or rejection. Undergraduate; general. L. Golden; Florida State University
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Drawing on a wealth of ancient and modern sources, Charles Rowan Beye offers enlightening interpretations of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and of two other epic masterpieces--Apollonius's Argonautica and Virgil's Aeneid ?An authoritative book about classical epic, with a fine-tuned sense for literature as literature, written by a scholar who really knows how to write.'--Gregory Nagy, Harvard University
Main Description
Drawing on a wealth of ancient and modern sources, Charles Rowan Beye offers enlightening interpretations of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and of two other epic masterpieces--Apollonius's Argonautica and Virgil's Aeneid "An authoritative book about classical epic, with a fine-tuned sense for literature as literature, written by a scholar who really knows how to write."--Gregory Nagy, Harvard University
Table of Contents
Preface
Oral Poetryp. 1
The Poet's Worldp. 43
Poetic Techniquep. 74
The Iliadp. 113
The Odysseyp. 144
The Argonauticap. 187
The Aeneidp. 219
Further Readingp. 257
Indexp. 279
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