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The Greek Epic Cycle and its Ancient Reception: A Companion

The Greek Epic Cycle and its Ancient Reception: A Companion

By: Marco Fantuzzi (editor), Christos Tsagalis (editor)Hardback

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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.

About Author

Marco Fantuzzi teaches Greek Literature as Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York, and at the University of Macerata. His publications include Achilles in Love (2012), Tradition and Innovation in Hellenistic Poetry (with R. Hunter, 2004), Ricerche su Apollonio Rodio: diacronie della dizione epica (1988), Bionis Smyrnaei Adonidis epitaphium (1985), Brill's Companion to Greek and Latin Pastoral (edited with T. Papanghelis, 2006), Struttura e storia dell'esametro greco (edited with R. Pretagostini, 1995-6) and forthcoming commentary on the Rhesus ascribed to Euripides. Among his present research interests are Greek tragedy, Hellenistic poetry, Greek and Latin metrics, and ancient literary criticism and scholarship. Christos Tsagalis is Professor of Greek at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests encompass Homer, Hesiod, historiography, and the Greek epigram. His books include Epic Grief: Personal Laments in Homer's Iliad (2004), The Oral Palimpsest: Exploring Intertextuality in the Homeric Epics (2008), Inscribing Sorrow: Fourth-Century Attic Funerary Epigrams (2008) and From Listeners to Viewers: Space in the Iliad (2012), as well as articles on Homer, Hesiod, Bacchylides, Herodotus, and Xenophon. He has edited, among other volumes, Brill's Companion to Hesiod (with F. Montanari and A. Rengakos, 2009), Homeric Hypertextuality (2010), a special issue of the journal Trends in Classics, and Theban Resonances in Homeric Epic (2014), a special issue of the journal Trends in Classics.


Introduction: Kyklos, Epic Cycle, and Cyclic poetry Marco Fantuzzi and Christos Tsagalis; Part I. Approaches to the Epic Cycle: 1. Coming adrift: the limits of reconstruction of the Cyclic poems Jonathan Burgess; 2. Oral traditions, written texts, and questions of authorship Gregory Nagy; 3. The Epic Cycle and oral tradition John M. Foley and Justin Arft; 4. The formation of the Epic Cycle Martin L. West; 5. Motif- and source-research: neoanalysis, Homeric and cyclic epic Wolfgang Kullmann; 6. Meta-cyclic epic and Homeric poetry Margalit Finkelberg; 7. Language and meter of the Epic Cycle Alberto Bernabe; 8. Narrative techniques in the Epic Cycle Antonios Rengakos; 9. Wit and irony in the Epic Cycle David Konstan; 10. The Trojan war in early Greek art Thomas H. Carpenter; Part II. Epics: 11. Theogony Gianbattista D'alessio; 12. Oedipodea Ettore Cingano; 13. Thebaid Jose B. Torres-Guerra; 14. Epigonoi Ettore Cingano; 15. Alcmeonis Andrea Debiasi; 16. Cypria Bruno Currie; 17. Aethiopis Antonios Rengakos; 18. Ilias parva Adrian Kelly; 19. Iliou persis Patrick Finglass; 20. Nostoi Georg Danek; 21. Telegony Christos Tsagalis; Part III. Fortune of the Epic Cycle: 22. The aesthetics of sequentiality and its discontents Marco Fantuzzi; 23. The Epic Cycle, Stesichorus, and Ibycus Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi; 24. Pindar's cycle Ian Rutherford; 25. Tragedy and the Epic Cycle Alan Sommerstein; 26. The Hellenistic reception of the Epic Cycle Evina Sistakou; 27. Running rings round Troy: recycling the 'epic circle' in Hellenistic and Roman art Michael Squire; 28. Virgil and the Epic Cycle Ursula Gartner; 29. Ovid and the Epic Cycle Gianpiero Rosati; 30. Statius' Achilleid and the Cypria Charles McNelis; 31. The Epic Cycle and the ancient novel David F. Elmer; 32. The Epic Cycle and Imperial Greek epic Silvio Bar and Manuel Baumbach.

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  • ISBN13: 9781107012592
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 690
  • ID: 9781107012592
  • weight: 1520
  • ISBN10: 1107012597

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