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Overview


A Companion to Ancient Epic presents for the first time a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of ancient Near Eastern, Greek and Roman epic. It offers a multi-disciplinary discussion of both longstanding ideas and newer perspectives.



• A Companion to the Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman epic traditions

• Considers the interrelation between these different traditions

• Provides a balanced overview of longstanding ideas and newer perspectives in the study of epic

• Shows how scholarship over the last forty years has transformed the ways that we conceive of and understand the genre

• Covers recently introduced topics, such as the role of women, the history of reception, and comparison with living analogues from oral tradition

• The editor and contributors are leading scholars in the field

• Includes a detailed index of poems, poets, technical terms, and important figures and events

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Editorial Reviews

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"For those who are interested in Greek and Roman epic, the book is a treasure-house of splendid variety.... The editor and the publisher both deserve praise for a very fine volume." (Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society)

"Blackwell's Companion to Ancient Epic does just what the title suggests: it accompanies readers on journeys of exploration in this huge (in every sense) field. Just as importantly, the Companion will show new readers why they might want to immerse themselves in these poems.... The many highlights in this Companion demonstrate the value of asking scholars to write for non-specialists. That endeavor provides a stimulus for new levels of focus and clarity; even ideas and materials that may be familiar become fresh again when they are presented in such succinct distillations." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

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Meet the Author

John Miles Foley is the Curators’ and Byler Professor of Classical Studies and English at the University of Missouri. He is the founder and Director of the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition. He is the author of The Theory of Oral Composition (1988), The Singer of Tales in Performance (1995), Homer’s Traditional Art (1999), and How to Read an Oral Poem (2002).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Epic as genre 9
2 The Indo-European context 20
3 Epic and myth 31
4 Performance 45
5 Epic and history 55
6 The epic hero 71
7 The gods in epic, or the divine economy 90
8 Women in ancient epic 105
9 Archaeological contexts 119
10 The physical media : tablet, scroll, codex 142
11 Ancient reception 164
12 Translating ancient epic 174
13 Analogues : modern oral epics 196
14 Comparative observations on the Near Eastern epic traditions 215
15 Mesopotamian epic 233
16 Epic in Ugaritic literature 246
17 Hittite and Hurrian epic 255
18 Persian/Iranian epic 264
19 The challenge of Israelite epic 277
20 Near Eastern connections 291
21 Homer's Iliad 302
22 Homer's Odyssey 315
23 Hesiod 330
24 The epic cycle and fragments 344
25 Apollonius of Rhodes 353
26 Quintus of Smyrna 364
27 Nonnus 374
28 Epic and other genres in the ancient Greek world 386
29 Homer's post-classical legacy 397
30 The origins and essence of Roman epic 417
31 Early republican epic 429
32 Lucretius 440
33 Virgil's Aeneid 452
34 Ovid 476
35 Lucan 492
36 Valerius Flaccus 503
37 Statius 514
38 Silius Italicus 528
39 Claudian 538
40 Latin Christian epics of late antiquity 550
41 Epic and other genres in the Roman world 562
42 Virgil's post-classical legacy 574
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