Greek Epic Fragments: From the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries BC (Loeb Classical Library)

Greek Epic Fragments: From the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries BC (Loeb Classical Library)

by Harvard University Press
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674996054

ISBN-13: 9780674996052

Pub. Date: 04/30/2003

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Greek epics of the archaic period include poems that narrate a particular heroic episode or series of episodes and poems that recount the long-term history of families or peoples. They are an important source of mythological record. Here is a new text and translation of the examples of this poetry that have come down to us.

The heroic epic is represented

Overview

Greek epics of the archaic period include poems that narrate a particular heroic episode or series of episodes and poems that recount the long-term history of families or peoples. They are an important source of mythological record. Here is a new text and translation of the examples of this poetry that have come down to us.

The heroic epic is represented by poems about Heracles and Theseus, and by two great epic cycles: the Theban Cycle, which tells of the failed assault on Thebes by the Seven and the subsequent successful assault by their sons; and the Trojan Cycle, which includes Cypria, Little Iliad, and The Sack of Ilion. Among the genealogical epics are poems in which Eumelus creates a prehistory for Corinth and Asius creates one for Samos. In presenting the extant fragments of these early epic poems, Martin West provides very helpful notes. His Introduction places the epics in historical context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674996052
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2003
Series:
Loeb Classical Library Series, #497
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,193,882
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations and Symbols

Introduction

Select Bibliography

The Theban Cycle

Oedipodea

Thebaid

Epigoni

Alcmeonis

The Trojan Cycle

Cypria

Aethiopis

The Little Iliad

The Sack of Ilion

The Returns

Telegony. Thesprotis

Poems On Heracles And Theseus

Creophylus, The Capture of Oichalia

Pisander, Heraclea

Panyassis, Heraclea

Theseis

Genealogical And Antiquarian Epics

Eumelus (Titanomachia, Corinthiaca, Europia)

Cinaethon

Asius

Hegesinous

Chersias

Danais

Minyas

Carmen Naupactium

Phoronis

Unplaced Fragments (mostly ascribed to "Homer")

Comparative Numeration

Index

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