The Development of the Epyllion Genre Through the Hellenistic and Roman Periods (Studies in Classics S. v.14)

The Development of the Epyllion Genre Through the Hellenistic and Roman Periods (Studies in Classics S. v.14)

By: Carol U. Merriam (author)Hardback

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The epyllion as a genre was developed in the Hellenistic period (and continued into Roman times) in order to show what else was happening while traditional heroic stories, always narrated in epics with particular conventions, were happening. The epyllion challenges these conventions in ways that make it a genre in its own right. This study examines its development through the Hellenistic and Roman periods, focusing on unheroic and female characters.

Contents

Preface by R.S.Kilpatrick vii Introduction 1 Chapter 1: Alcmena's Story (Theocritus, Idyll 24) 25 Chapter 2: Europa's Adventure (Moschus' Europa) 51 Chapter 3: Culmination of the Form (Catullus 64) 75 Chapter 4: The Final Stages (The Latin Epyllion) 127 Conclusion 159 Bibliography 163 Index of passages cited 171 General index 179

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  • ISBN13: 9780773475328
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 196
  • ID: 9780773475328
  • ISBN10: 077347532X

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