The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle [NOOK Book]

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Although the Iliad and Odyssey narrate only relatively small portions of the Trojan War and its aftermath, for centuries these works have overshadowed other, more comprehensive narratives of the conflict, particularly the poems known as the Epic Cycle. In The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle, Jonathan Burgess challenges Homer's authority on the war's history and the legends surrounding it, placing the Iliad and Odyssey in the larger, often overlooked context of the entire body of Greek epic...

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Overview

Although the Iliad and Odyssey narrate only relatively small portions of the Trojan War and its aftermath, for centuries these works have overshadowed other, more comprehensive narratives of the conflict, particularly the poems known as the Epic Cycle. In The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle, Jonathan Burgess challenges Homer's authority on the war's history and the legends surrounding it, placing the Iliad and Odyssey in the larger, often overlooked context of the entire body of Greek epic poetry of the Archaic Age. He traces the development and transmission of the Cyclic poems in ancient Greek culture, comparing them to later Homeric poems and finding that they were far more influential than has previously been thought.

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Editorial Reviews

Gregory Nagy
This book is a masterpiece of comparative and internal analysis, centering on the very foundations of the history of European literature.
Booknews
Burgess (classical studies, U. of Toronto, Canada) challenges Homer's authority on the history and legends of the Trojan War, placing the and in the larger context of the entire body of Greek epic poetry of the Archaic Age. He describes the Epic Cycle tradition as it is reflected in surviving commentaries, poems, and works of art, finding that they are yet more influential than previously believed, and finally, closely compares the Cyclic and Homeric poems. The book includes a small selection of b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Religious Studies Review
A lively and venturesome study of the relationship between the Homeric epics and the largely lost Cyclic poems... A very interesting and accessible book.

— S. Douglas Olson

Greece and Rome
This is a bracingly skeptical treatment of some important issues... A fresh, engaging exercise in heterodox scholarship.
Bryn Mawr Classical Review
[Jonathan Burgess] has firmly established the case that the Cyclic epics should be regarded as more authoritative representatives of Greek tradition about the Trojan War than the poems of Homer... Essential reading for everyone seriously interested in Homer and Greek epic tradition.

— Margalit Finkelberg

Virginia Quarterly Review
The Iliad and the Odyssey continue to be translated anew, and noticed when they are. Less widely noticed [is] other poetry about the Trojan War... The range and argument of the book make it valuable to any with an interest in what we call Homeric, and indeed, in ancient traditions generally.
Phoenix
Both the author's remarkable knowledge of previous scholarship on the topic and his eminently moderate and well-balanced approach make this volume a most valuable resource for approaching this complex field, and it immediately becomes indispensable for the study of Homeric and early non-Homeric epic.

— Mark W. Edwards

Journal of Classics Teaching
Anyone who has a serious interest in Homer and the Greek epic tradition should find this a valuable and thought-provoking book.

— Mike Chappell

Polis
A well argued book that packs a great deal of scholarship and insight into less than two-hundred pages. It deserves careful and repeated reading.

— D.M. Carter

Religious Studies Review - S. Douglas Olson
A lively and venturesome study of the relationship between the Homeric epics and the largely lost Cyclic poems... A very interesting and accessible book.
Bryn Mawr Classical Review - Margalit Finkelberg
[Jonathan Burgess] has firmly established the case that the Cyclic epics should be regarded as more authoritative representatives of Greek tradition about the Trojan War than the poems of Homer... Essential reading for everyone seriously interested in Homer and Greek epic tradition.
Phoenix - Mark W. Edwards
Both the author's remarkable knowledge of previous scholarship on the topic and his eminently moderate and well-balanced approach make this volume a most valuable resource for approaching this complex field, and it immediately becomes indispensable for the study of Homeric and early non-Homeric epic.
Journal of Classics Teaching - Mike Chappell
Anyone who has a serious interest in Homer and the Greek epic tradition should find this a valuable and thought-provoking book.
Polis - D.M. Carter
A well argued book that packs a great deal of scholarship and insight into less than two-hundred pages. It deserves careful and repeated reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801874819
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,278,707
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Jonathan S. Burgess is an associate professor of classical studies at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note to Reader
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Epic Cycle and the Tradition of the Trojan War 7
2 Homer and the Tradition of the Trojan War 47
3 The Epic Cycle and Homer 132
Conclusion 172
App. A Photius and Proclus 177
App. B Schematization of R. Cook's Tables 181
App. C Trojan War Images to 600 B.C.E. 183
App. D Blinding and Escape Images 188
App. E Select Epic Passages Featuring Leaves 190
Notes 193
References 259
Index 279
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