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A Commentary on Quintus of Smyrna, Posthomerica V

A Commentary on Quintus of Smyrna, Posthomerica V

by Alan James, Kevin Lee
     
 

The Posthomerica of Quintus of Smyrna is the only surviving Greek epic that gives a full narrative of the Trojan War between the Iliad and the Odyssey. Book V covers the contest between Ajax and Odysseus over the armour of Achilles, leading to Ajax' madness, suicide and funeral.
The book gives balanced treatment to matters of text, language, literary

Overview

The Posthomerica of Quintus of Smyrna is the only surviving Greek epic that gives a full narrative of the Trojan War between the Iliad and the Odyssey. Book V covers the contest between Ajax and Odysseus over the armour of Achilles, leading to Ajax' madness, suicide and funeral.
The book gives balanced treatment to matters of text, language, literary qualities and sources. An introduction discusses the poem's main features. The commentary is punctuated by introductions to sections. There are indexes of subjects, ancient and mediaeval literature and Greek words.
The work's major areas of interest are: influence of the Homeric epics, Quintus' use of later sources, the Trojan War in Greek and Latin literature, and Greek cultural history under the Roman Empire. This is the first full-length commentary on the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004115941
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/23/2000
Series:
Mnemosyne, Supplements Series, #208
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Alan W. James, Ph.D. (1965) in Classics, University of Cambridge, was Senior Lecturer in Classics in the University of Sydney. He has published mainly in the field of Greek epic.
Kevin H. Lee, Ph.D. (1978) in Classics, University of New England is Professor of Classics in the University of Sydney. He has published extensively on Greek tragedy including commentaries on Troades and Ion.

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