Epic and History (Ancient World: Comparative Histories)

Epic and History (Ancient World: Comparative Histories)

By: David Konstan (editor), Kurt A. Raaflaub (editor)Paperback

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With contributions from leading scholars, this is a unique cross-cultural comparison of historical epics across a wide range of cultures and time periods, which presents crucial insights into how history is treated in narrative poetry. * The first book to gain new insights into the topic of epic and history through in-depth cross-cultural comparisons * Covers epic traditions across the globe and across a wide range of time periods * Brings together leading specialists in the field, and is edited by two internationally regarded scholars * An important reference for scholars and students interested in history and literature across a broad range of disciplines

About Author

David Konstan is Professor of Classics at New York University. He is the author of Friendship in the Classical World (1997), Pity Transformed (2001), The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks (2006), A Life Worthy of the Gods: The Materialist Psychology of Epicurus (2008), and Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea (2010). Kurt A. Raaflaub is the David Herlihy University Professor and Professor of Classics and History Emeritus at Brown University. His previous works include War and Peace in the Ancient World (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (with J. Ober and R. W. Wallace, 2007), Geography and Ethnography: Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern Societies (with R. J. A. Talbert, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (with J. Arnason, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and The Greek Polis and the Invention of Democracy: A Politico-cultural Transformation and Its Interpretations (with J. Arnason and P. Wagner, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).


List of Figures and Tables vii Notes on Contributors viii Series Editor s Preface xiv 1 Introduction 1 David Konstan and Kurt A. Raaflaub 2 Maybe Epic: The Origins and Reception of Sumerian Heroic Poetry 7 Piotr Michalowski 3 Historical Events and the Process of Their Transformation in Akkadian Heroic Traditions 26 Joan Goodnick Westenholz 4 Epic and History in Hittite Anatolia: In Search of a Local Hero 51 Amir Gilan 5 Manly Deeds: Hittite Admonitory History and Eastern Mediterranean Didactic Epic 66 Mary R. Bachvarova 6 Epic and History in the Hebrew Bible: Definitions, Ethnic Genres, and the Challenges of Cultural Identity in the Biblical Book of Judges 86 Susan Niditch 7 No Contest between Memory and Invention: The Invention of the Pa08ava Heroes of the MahAbhArata 103 James L. Fitzgerald 8 From Imperishable Glory to History: The Iliad and the Trojan War 122 Jonas Grethlein 9 Historical Narrative in Archaic and Early Classical Greek Elegy 145 Ewen Bowie 10 Fact, Fiction, and Form in Early Roman Epic 167 Sander M. Goldberg 11 The Song and the Sword: Silius s Punica and the Crisis of Early Imperial Epic 185 Raymond D. Marks 12 The Burden of Mortality: Alexander and the Dead in Persian Epic and Beyond 212 Olga M. Davidson 13 Slavic Epic: Past Tales and Present Myths 223 Susana Torres Prieto 14 Historicity and Anachronism in Beowulf 243 Geoffrey Russom 15 The Nibelungenlied Myth and History: A Middle High German Epic Poem at the Crossroads of Past and Present, Despair and Hope 262 Albrecht Classen 16 Medieval Epic and History in the Romance Literatures 280 Joseph J. Duggan 17 Roland s Migration from Anglo-Norman Epic to Royal French Chronicle History 293 Michel-Andre Bossy 18 A Recurrent Theme of the Spanish Medieval Epic: Complaints and Laments by Noble Women 310 Mercedes Vaquero 19 History in Medieval Scandinavian Heroic Literature and the Northwest European Context 328 Robert D. Fulk 20 Traditional History in South Slavic Oral Epic 347 John Miles Foley 21 Lord Five Thunder and the 12 Eagles and Jaguars of Rabinal Meet Charlemagne and the 12 Knights of France 362 Dennis Tedlock 22 History, Myth, and Social Function in Southern African Nguni Praise Poetry 381 Richard Whitaker 23 Epic and History in the Arabic Tradition 392 Dwight F. Reynolds 24 Comments on Epic and History 411 Dean Miller Index 425

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  • ISBN13: 9781118785119
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 456
  • ID: 9781118785119
  • weight: 704
  • ISBN10: 1118785118

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