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A companion to ancient epic /
edited by John Miles Foley.
imprint
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2005.
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xxiv, 664 p. : ill.
ISBN
1405105240 (alk. paper)
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Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2005.
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1405105240 (alk. paper)
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Introduction / John Miles Foley -- Epic as genre / Richard P. Martin -- The Indo-European context / Joshua T. Katz -- Epic and myth / Lowell Edmunds -- Performance / Minna Skafte Jensen -- Epic and history / Kurt A. Raaflaub -- The epic hero / Gregory Nagy -- The gods in epic, or, The divine economy / Bruce Louden -- Women in epic / Helene P. Foley -- Archaeological contexts / Susan Sherratt -- The physical media : tablet, scroll, codex / Michael W. Haslam -- Ancient reception / Robert Lamberton -- Translations / Richard Hamilton Armstrong -- Analogues : modern oral epics / John Miles Foley -- Comparative observations on the Near Eastern epic traditions / Jack M. Sasson -- Mesopotamian epic / Scott B. Noegel -- Epic in Ugaritic literature / N. Wyatt -- Hurrian/Hittite epic / Gary Beckman -- Persian/Iranian epic / Olga M. Davidson -- Hebrew epic / Susan Niditch -- Near Eastern connections / Walter Burkert -- Homer's Iliad / Mark W. Edwards -- Homer's Odyssey / Laura M. Slatkin -- Hesiod / Stephanie Nelson -- Epic cycle and fragments / Jonathan S. Burgess -- Apollonius of Rhodes / D. P. Nelis -- Quintus of Smyrna / Alan James -- Nonnus / Robert Shorrock -- Epic and other genres in the ancient Greek world / R. Scott Garner -- Homer's post-classical legacy / Casey Dué -- Origins and essence / Joseph Farrell -- Early republican epic / Sander M. Goldberg -- Lucretius / Monica R. Gale -- Virgil's Aeneid / Michael C. J. Putnam -- Ovid / Carole E. Newlands -- Lucan / Shadi Bartsch -- Valerius Flaccus / Andrew Zissos -- Statius / William J. Dominik -- Silius Italicus / Raymond D. Marks -- Claudian / Michael H. Barnes -- Latin Christian epics of late antiquity / Dennis E. Trout -- Epic and other genres / R. Jenkyns -- Virgil's post-classical legacy / Craig Kallendorf.
catalogue key
5495998
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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For those who are interested in Greek and Roman epic, the book is a treasure-house of splendid variety & ... The editor and the publisher both deserve praise for a very fine volume.Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
"For those who are interested in Greek and Roman epic, the book is a treasure-house of splendid variety ... The editor and the publisher both deserve praise for a very fine volume." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society"Blackwell's Companion to Ancient Epic does just what the title suggests: it accompanies readers on journeys of exploration in this huge (in every sense) field. Just as importantly, the Companion will show new readers why they might want to immerse themselves in these poems ... The many highlights in this Companion demonstrate the value of asking scholars to write for non-specialists. That endeavor provides a stimulus for new levels of focus and clarity; even ideas and materials that may be familiar become fresh again when they are presented in such succinct distillations." Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"For those who are interested in Greek and Roman epic, the book is a treasure-house of splendid variety.... The editor and the publisher both deserve praise for a very fine volume." ( Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society ) "Blackwell's Companion to Ancient Epic does just what the title suggests: it accompanies readers on journeys of exploration in this huge (in every sense) field. Just as importantly, the Companion will show new readers why they might want to immerse themselves in these poems.... The many highlights in this Companion demonstrate the value of asking scholars to write for non-specialists. That endeavor provides a stimulus for new levels of focus and clarity; even ideas and materials that may be familiar become fresh again when they are presented in such succinct distillations." ( Bryn Mawr Classical Review )
For those who are interested in Greek and Roman epic, the book is a treasure-house of splendid variety ... The editor and the publisher both deserve praise for a very fine volume. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
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Summaries
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Epic was the master-genre of the ancient world: it was central to group identity, education, literature, and culture. Yet modern understanding of ancient epic is not static, and scholarship over the last few decades has transformed the ways that we conceive of and understand the genre, introducing topics such as the role of women, the history of reception, and comparison with living analogues from oral tradition. A Companion to Ancient Epic presents for the first time a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of ancient Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman epic. It offers a multidisciplinary discussion of both long-standing ideas and newer perspectives. A key feature of the volume, designed to make the book as useful as possible, is the index of poems, poets, technical terms, important figures, and other relevant literary and artistic works. The Companion will be required reading for all students of ancient literature.
Back Cover Copy
Epic was the master-genre of the ancient world: it was central to group identity, education, literature, and culture. Yet modern understanding of ancient epic is not static, and scholarship over the last few decades has transformed the ways that we conceive of and understand the genre, introducing topics such as the role of women, the history of reception, and comparison with living analogues from oral tradition.A Companion to Ancient Epic presents for the first time a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of ancient Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman epic. It offers a multidisciplinary discussion of both long-standing ideas and newer perspectives.A key feature of the volume, designed to make the book as useful as possible, is the index of poems, poets, technical terms, important figures, and other relevant literary and artistic works. The Companion will be required reading for all students of ancient literature.
Back Cover Copy
Epic was the master-genre of the ancient world: it was central to group identity, education, literature, and culture. Yet modern understanding of ancient epic is not static, and scholarship over the last few decades has transformed the ways that we conceive of and understand the genre, introducing topics such as the role of women, the history of reception, and comparison with living analogues from oral tradition. A Companion to Ancient Epic presents for the first time a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of ancient Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman epic. It offers a multidisciplinary discussion of both long-standing ideas and newer perspectives. A key feature of the volume, designed to make the book as useful as possible, is the index of poems, poets, technical terms, important figures, and other relevant literary and artistic works. The Companion will be required reading for all students of ancient literature. For those who are interested in Greek and Roman epic, the book is a treasure-house of splendid variety ... The editor and the publisher both deserve praise for a very fine volume. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
Bowker Data Service Summary
A companion to the Near Eastern, Greek and Roman epic traditions. The book considers the interrelation between these different traditions and provides a balanced overview of longstanding ideas and newer perspectives in the study of the epic.
Main Description
A Companion to Ancient Epic presents for the first time a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of ancient Near Eastern, Greek and Roman epic. It offers a multi-disciplinary discussion of both longstanding ideas and newer perspectives. A Companion to the Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman epic traditions. Considers the interrelation between these different traditions. Provides a balanced overview of longstanding ideas and newer perspectives in the study of epic. Shows how scholarship over the last forty years has transformed the ways that we conceive of and understand the genre Covers recently introduced topics, such as the role of women, the history of reception, and comparison with living analogues from oral tradition. The editor and contributors are leading scholars in the field. Includes a detailed index of poems, poets, technical terms, and important figures and events.
Main Description
A Companion to Ancient Epic presents for the first time a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of ancient Near Eastern, Greek and Roman epic. It offers a multi-disciplinary discussion of both longstanding ideas and newer perspectives. A Companion to the Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman epic traditions Considers the interrelation between these different traditions Provides a balanced overview of longstanding ideas and newer perspectives in the study of epic Shows how scholarship over the last forty years has transformed the ways that we conceive of and understand the genre Covers recently introduced topics, such as the role of women, the history of reception, and comparison with living analogues from oral tradition The editor and contributors are leading scholars in the field Includes a detailed index of poems, poets, technical terms, and important figures and events
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Abbreviations of Ancient Authors and Worksp. xvii
Abbreviations of Modern Reference Worksp. xxiii
Map: The ancient epic territoriesp. xxv
Introductionp. 1
Issues and Perspectivesp. 7
Epic as Genrep. 9
The Indo-European Contextp. 20
Epic and Mythp. 31
Performancep. 45
Epic and Historyp. 55
The Epic Herop. 71
The Gods in Epic, or the Divine Economyp. 90
Women in Ancient Epicp. 105
Archaeological Contextsp. 119
The Physical Media: Tablet, Scroll, Codexp. 142
Ancient Receptionp. 164
Translating Ancient Epicp. 174
Analogues: Modern Oral Epicsp. 196
Near Eastern Epicp. 213
Comparative Observations on the Near Eastern Epic Traditionsp. 215
Mesopotamian Epicp. 233
Epic in Ugaritic Literaturep. 246
Hittite and Hurrian Epicp. 255
Persian/Iranian Epicp. 264
The Challenge of Israelite Epicp. 277
Ancient Greek Epicp. 289
Near Eastern Connectionsp. 291
Homer's Iliadp. 302
Homer's Odysseyp. 315
Hesiodp. 330
The Epic Cycle and Fragmentsp. 344
Apollonius of Rhodesp. 353
Quintus of Smyrnap. 364
Nonnusp. 374
Epic and Other Genres in the Ancient Greek Worldp. 386
Homer's Post-classical Legacyp. 397
Roman Epicp. 415
The Origins and Essence of Roman Epicp. 417
Early Republican Epicp. 429
Lucretiusp. 440
Virgil's Aeneidp. 452
Ovidp. 476
Lucanp. 492
Valerius Flaccusp. 503
Statiusp. 514
Silius Italicusp. 528
Claudianp. 538
Latin Christian Epics of Late Antiquityp. 550
Epic and Other Genres in the Roman Worldp. 562
Virgil's Post-classical Legacyp. 574
Bibliographyp. 589
Indexp. 651
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