The Trojan Epic

The Trojan Epic

tive focus is concerned.28 The temporal concentration of the Trojan Epic is thus
not greatly different from that of the Iliad, with its main focus on four days out of
fifty-two, or from the focus of much of the Odyssey on nine days out of forty.

Author: Quintus of Smyrna

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 080188635X

Category: History

Page: 365

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A vivid and entertaining story in its own right, the Trojan Epic is also particularly significant for what it reveals about its sources -- the much older, now lost Greek epics about the Trojan War known collectively as the Epic Cycle. Written in the Homeric era, these poems recounted events not included in the Iliad or the Odyssey. As Alan James makes clear in this vibrant and faithful new translation, Quintus's work deserves attention for its literary-historical importance and its narrative power. James's line-by-line verse translation in English reveals the original as an exciting and eloquent tale of gods and heroes, bravery and cunning, hubris and brutality. James includes a substantial introduction that places the work in its literary and historical context, a detailed and annotated book-by-book summary of the epic, a commentary on sources, and an explanatory index of proper names.
Categories: History

The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle

The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle

These summaries are consistent with what Photius tells us about the
Chrestomathy by Proclus, and so undoubtedly they are his work.57 His
summaries of poems in the Epic Cycle that were not about the Trojan War were
not included in the ...

Author: Jonathan S. Burgess

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801878909

Category: History

Page: 320

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Presents a challenge to Homer's authority on the history and legends of the Trojan War, placing the Iliad and Odyssey in the larger context of the entire body of Greek epic poetry of the Archaic Age.
Categories: History

The Trojan War

The Trojan War

Surveys the historical underpinnngs of the Heroic Age in ancient Greek tradition.

Author: Carol G. Thomas

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806138742

Category: History

Page: 209

View: 595

Surveys the historical underpinnngs of the Heroic Age in ancient Greek tradition.
Categories: History

The Trojan War A Very Short Introduction

The Trojan War  A Very Short Introduction

... 1984); from the Epic Cycle follow H. G. EvelynWhite, Hesiod, the Homeric
Hymns and Homerica (London: W. Heinemann, 1914); from Quintus Smyrnaeus
follow Alan James, Quintus Smyrnaeus: The Trojan Epic (Posthomerica) (
Baltimore: ...

Author: Eric H. Cline

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199333820

Category: History

Page: 152

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The Iliad, Homer's epic tale of the abduction of Helen and the decade-long Trojan War, has fascinated mankind for millennia. Even today, the war inspires countless articles and books, extensive archaeological excavations, movies, television documentaries, even souvenirs and collectibles. But while the ancients themselves believed that the Trojan War took place, scholars of the modern era have sometimes derided it as a piece of fiction. Combining archaeological data and textual analysis of ancient documents, this Very Short Introduction considers whether or not the war actually took place and whether archaeologists have really discovered the site of ancient Troy. To answer these questions, archaeologist and ancient historian Eric H. Cline examines various written sources, including the works of Homer, the Epic Cycle (fragments from other, now-lost Greek epics), classical plays, and Virgil's Aeneid. Throughout, the author tests the literary claims against the best modern archaeological evidence, showing for instance that Homer, who lived in the Iron Age, for the most part depicted Bronze Age warfare with accuracy. Cline also tells the engaging story of the archaeologists--Heinrich Schliemann and his successors Wilhelm Dörpfeld, Carl Blegen, and Manfred Korfmann--who found the long-vanished site of Troy through excavations at Hisarlik, Turkey. Drawing on evidence found at Hisarlik and elsewhere, Cline concludes that a war or wars in the vicinity of Troy probably did take place during the Late Bronze Age, forming the nucleus of a story that was handed down orally for centuries until put into final form by Homer. But Cline suggests that, even allowing that a Trojan War took place, it probably was not fought because of Helen's abduction, though such an incident may have provided the justification for a war actually fought for more compelling economic and political motives. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.
Categories: History

Epic and Empire

Epic and Empire

The first, modeled on the Odyssey, recounts the romance wanderings that detain
Aeneas and his defeated Trojan compatriots on their way to Italy. The second,
modeled on the Iliad, tells of the epic warfare from which they emerge victorious ...

Author: David Quint

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691015201

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 433

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Alexander the Great, according to Plutarch, carried on his campaigns a copy of the Iliad, kept alongside a dagger; on a more pronounced ideological level, ancient Romans looked to the Aeneid as an argument for imperialism. In this major reinterpretation of epic poetry beginning with Virgil, David Quint explores the political context and meanings of key works in Western literature. He divides the history of the genre into two political traditions: the Virgilian epics of conquest and empire that take the victors' side (the Aeneid itself, Camoes's Lusíadas, Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata) and the countervailing epic of the defeated and of republican liberty (Lucan's Pharsalia, Ercilla's Araucana, and d'Aubigné's Les tragiques). These traditions produce opposing ideas of historical narrative: a linear, teleological narrative that belongs to the imperial conquerors, and an episodic and open-ended narrative identified with "romance," the story told of and by the defeated. Quint situates Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained within these rival traditions. He extends his political analysis to the scholarly revival of medieval epic in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and to Sergei Eisenstein's epic film, Alexander Nevsky. Attending both to the topical contexts of individual poems and to the larger historical development of the epic genre, Epic and Empire provides new models for exploring the relationship between ideology and literary form.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Troy

Troy

This is the first book systematically to examine Wolfgang Petersen’s epic film Troy from different archaeological, literary, cultural, and cinematic perspectives.

Author: Martin M. Winkler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405178549

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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This is the first book systematically to examine Wolfgang Petersen’s epic film Troy from different archaeological, literary, cultural, and cinematic perspectives. The first book systematically to examine Wolfgang Petersen’s epic film Troy from different archaeological, literary, cultural, and cinematic perspectives. Examines the film’s use of Homer’s Iliad and the myth of the Trojan War, its presentation of Bronze-Age archaeology, and its place in film history. Identifies the modern political overtones of the Trojan War myth as expressed in the film and explains why it found world-wide audiences. Editor and contributors are archaeologists or classical scholars, several of whom incorporate films into their teaching and research. Includes an annotated list of films and television films and series episodes on the Trojan War. Contains archaeological illustrations of Troy, relevant images of ancient art, and stills from films on the Trojan War.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Polygnotos and Vase Painting in Classical Athens

Polygnotos and Vase Painting in Classical Athens

Trojan and Theban Epic THE TROJAN WAR The saga of the Trojan War never
ceased to fascinate the ancient Greeks , and it provided material for poetry and
the visual arts throughout antiquity . Related in the Iliad , Odyssey , and later epic
 ...

Author: Susan B. Matheson

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299138704

Category: Art

Page: 537

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Susan B. Matheson has written the first detailed analysis of Polygnotos, a major vase painter of classical Athens whose workshop flourished for fifty years, from the the golden age of Pericles to the end of the fifth century. Inspired by the monumental art of Pheidias and other sculptors who defined fifth-century classical style, Polygnotos and his workshop reflected this style as it emerged from the sculptures of the Parthenon. Matheson provides the first comprehensive chronology for Polygnotos s own works, and then analyzes the distinctive, evolving Polygnotan style first isolated by Sir John Beazley, comparing this style to that of contemporary Athenian workshops and demonstrating its seminal influence on the later vase painting of southern Italy. She then surveys Polygnotan iconography to show its relation to contemporary vase painting and sculpture, emphasizing both its originality and its continuity with Athenian iconographic traditions. The more than 600 pieces discussed here, 171 of which are illustrated, reflect the diverse religious, historical, and intellectual trends in Periclean Athens. Some vases bear innovative representations of myths from the dramas of Sophocles and Aeschylus, while others portray the religious sacrifices and rituals of Athenian civic life. Perhaps the most arresting, though, reveal the private life of Athens drunken revelers at symposia, women conversing together, a somber young man departing for war. The diverse subjects represented by the Polygnotan group of vase painters, comprehensively analyzed and extensively illustrated, offer an enlightening glimpse into Athenian life for students and scholars alike, leading to a broader understanding of art, religion, and society in classical Greece. "
Categories: Art

Reconstructing the Epic

Reconstructing the Epic

The Argonautica of Apollonius of Rhodes and Lycophron ' s Alexandra , which
have survived in their entirety , allow us to trace two different Hellenistic versions
of the ' Trojan ' epic . The absence of the Trojan myth from the Argonautica is a ...

Author: Evina Sistakou

Publisher: Peeters Pub & Booksellers

ISBN: UOM:39015075649981

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 210

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The Trojan war inspired a multifaceted mythological tradition which evolved through a variety of artistic devices - oral and written poetry, prose, iconography. In the open system of Trojan war narratives, Homer represents the dominant line, while the cyclic, lyric and tragic poets offer a host of alternative versions. Reconstructing the Epic builds on the premise that the reception of the Trojan myth by the Hellenistic avant-garde reflects their aesthetic and ideological distancing from the elevated genres of the past, particularly the epic. The book monitors the various stages of this modernistic reaction to the literary tradition: the avoidance of the Trojan muthos as narrated in the Homeric epics; the rewriting of the Trojan stories which derive from the Epic Cycle, lyric and dramatic poetry; the incorporation of Trojan episodes into idylls, elegies and epyllia; and the working out of a new Trojan myth recounting, among other things, how the archetypal war hero, Achilles, is eventually transformed into an ardent lover.
Categories: Literary Collections

Epic Succession and Dissension

Epic Succession and Dissension

Swan Poetics and Epic Succession It is appropriate to begin with Vergil's
Diomedes and his literary aspirations. ... In this way, we receive an alternative
account of the Trojan War, an epic-within-an-epic, since the praemia laudi (1.461
) on the ...

Author: Sophia Papaioannou

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110899016

Category: History

Page: 230

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This is the first direct literary adaptation of Vergil's Aeneid. The present study demonstrates how, in less than one thousand lines, Ovid revisits the epic world of Aeneas and subjects it to a reading that is a paradigm of critical analysis, a statement of originality, and a powerful claim to the epic heritage and Vergilian succession.
Categories: History

Return to Troy

Return to Troy

Return to Troy examines the Director’s Cut of Troy: portrayals of gods, heroes, and the fall of Troy; supposed errors; cinematic epic technique; and the Iliad in twentieth-century culture.

Author:

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004296084

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

View: 150

Return to Troy examines the Director’s Cut of Troy: portrayals of gods, heroes, and the fall of Troy; supposed errors; cinematic epic technique; and the Iliad in twentieth-century culture. Unique features include an interview with the director and behind-the-scenes photographs.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Greek Epic

The Greek Epic

... Ionian region whence the Trojan epic had made its way . It is known from the
orator Lykourgos ( Leocr . , 102 ) that these recitations were of old standing at
Athens : according to Diog . Laert . i . 2 , 57 they were established there from the
time ...

Author: George Charles Winter Warr

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015011480772

Category: Civilization, Homeric

Page: 288

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Categories: Civilization, Homeric

The Trojan War

The Trojan War

Drawing on archaeological research, an expert account of the famous historical battle confirms many details recounted in Homer's epic account, from Troy's alliance with the Hittite Empire to the significant fire at the end of the twelfth ...

Author: Barry Strauss

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743264426

Category: History

Page: 258

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Drawing on archaeological research, an expert account of the famous historical battle confirms many details recounted in Homer's epic account, from Troy's alliance with the Hittite Empire to the significant fire at the end of the twelfth century and facts
Categories: History

pt I The poets epic and lyric with an appendix on Homer by Prof Sayce

pt  I  The poets  epic and lyric  with an appendix on Homer by Prof  Sayce

In Cyprus also , later than the Cypria , about 600 B . C . , was completed the
expansion of the Trojan epic , by which the Menis and Oitos [ Grote ' s Achilleis
and Iliad ] were welded together and extended by the Cretan books N E O . *
Hesiod of ...

Author: John Pentland Mahaffy

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HN8WCC

Category: Greek literature

Page:

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Categories: Greek literature

The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women

The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women

In spite of all the features it shares with the early stage of the Trojan epics and
with the Homeric Catalogue of Ships , and although scholarly interest in the epic
cycle has steadily increased in recent years , the Catalogue of Suitors has been ...

Author: Richard Hunter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521836840

Category: History

Page: 349

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This collection of essays offers an exploration of the meaning and significance of the Catalogue of Women, attributed to Hesiod.
Categories: History

A History of Classical Greek Literature pt I The poets epic and lyric with an appendix on Homer by Prof Sayce

A History of Classical Greek Literature  pt  I  The poets  epic and lyric  with an appendix on Homer by Prof  Sayce

In Cyprus also , later than the Cypria , about 600 B . C . , was completed the
expansion of the Trojan epic , by which the Menis and Oitos [ Grote ' s Achilleis
and Iliad ) were welded together and extended by the Cretan books N E O . *
Hesiod of ...

Author: Sir John Pentland Mahaffy

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433069263931

Category: Greek literature

Page:

View: 764

Categories: Greek literature

A History of Classical Greek Literature pt 1 The poets epic and lyric with an appendix on Homer by Prof Sayce V I pt II The dramatic poets V 2 pt 1 The prose writers from Herodotus to Plato V 2 pt II The prose writers from Isocrates to Aristotle

A History of Classical Greek Literature  pt  1  The poets  epic and lyric  with an appendix on Homer by Prof  Sayce V  I  pt  II  The dramatic poets V  2  pt 1  The prose writers  from Herodotus to Plato  V  2  pt  II  The prose writers  from Isocrates to Aristotle

In Cyprus also , later than the Cypria , about 600 B . C . , was completed the
expansion of the Trojan epic , by which the Menis and Oitos [ Grote ' s Achilleis
and Iliad ] were welded together and extended by the Cretan books N E 0 .
Hesiod of ...

Author: John Pentland Mahaffy

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B640894

Category: Greek literature

Page:

View: 896

Categories: Greek literature

Argonauts of the Desert

Argonauts of the Desert

Achilles accepts a ransom, and the Trojans are permitted to mourn their hero.
The Iliad ends here but the Trojan epic, known through various sources,
continues to tell of how Paris killed Achilles by shooting him through the ankle (
his only ...

Author: Philippe Wajdenbaum

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317543893

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 637

'Argonauts of the Desert' presents a revolutionary new commentary on the Bible and its origins, arguing that most biblical stories and laws were inspired by Greek literature. From Genesis to Kings, the books of the Bible may have been written by a single author, a Hellenized Judean scholar who used Plato's ideal state in The Laws as a primary source. As such, biblical Israel is a recreation of that twelve tribes State and the stories surrounding the birth, life and death of that State were inspired by Greek epics. Each chapter presents the biblical material and compares this to the Greek or Roman equivalents, discussing similarities and differences.
Categories: History

Epic Visions

Epic Visions

Visuality in Greek and Latin Epic and Its Reception Helen Lovatt, Caroline Vout ...
The paper ends with two case studies of Berlioz's epic visions: the entrance of the
Trojan horse at the end of Act 1, and the death of Dido at the end of the ...

Author: Helen Lovatt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107039384

Category: History

Page: 327

View: 614

A wide-ranging, interdisciplinary collection exploring different ways of visualising Greek and Roman epic in both ancient and modern culture.
Categories: History

The Book of the Epic

The Book of the Epic

This tempest, raised by the turbulent children of Aeolus at Juno's request,
threatened before long to destroy the Trojan fleet. But, disturbed by the
commotion overhead and by Aeneas' frantic prayers for help, Neptune suddenly
arose from the ...

Author: H. A. (Hélène Adeline) Guerber

Publisher: tredition

ISBN: 9783842499348

Category: Fiction

Page: 477

View: 209

This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.
Categories: Fiction

Ancient Epic

Ancient Epic

Epic. Rome: Legendary. Beginnings. In the eighth century BCE, around the time
that archaic Greeks were using their new ... At some point Romulus became
linked to the famous Homeric texts by an ancestor, Aeneas, the Trojan warrior
whom ...

Author: Katherine Callen King

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118293454

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Ancient Epic offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to six of the greatest ancient epics – Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Apollonius of Rhodes' Agonautica. Provides an accessible introduction to the ancient epic Offers interpretive analyses of poems within a comprehensive historical context Includes a detailed timeline, suggestions for further readings, and an appendix of the Olympian gods and their Akkadian counterparts
Categories: Literary Criticism