The Trojan Epic: Posthomerica

The Trojan Epic: Posthomerica

by Quintus of Smyrna
     
 

Composed in the third century A.D., the Trojan Epic is the earliest surviving literary evidence for many of the traditions of the Trojan War passed down from ancient Greece. Also known as the Posthomerica, or "sequel to Homer," the Trojan Epic chronicles the course of the war after the burial of Troy's greatest hero, Hektor.

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Overview

Composed in the third century A.D., the Trojan Epic is the earliest surviving literary evidence for many of the traditions of the Trojan War passed down from ancient Greece. Also known as the Posthomerica, or "sequel to Homer," the Trojan Epic chronicles the course of the war after the burial of Troy's greatest hero, Hektor.

Quintus, believed to have been an educated Greek living in Roman Asia Minor, included some of the war's most legendary events: the death of Achilles, the Trojan Horse, and the destruction of Troy. But because Quintus deliberately imitated Homer's language and style, his work has been dismissed by many scholars as pastiche.

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 which places the work in its literary and historical context, a detailed and annotated book-by-book summary of the epic, a commentary dealing mainly with sources, and an explanatory index of proper names. Brilliantly revitalized by James, the Trojan Epic will appeal to a wide range of readers interested in Greek mythology and the legend of Troy.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801886355
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/17/2007
Series:
Johns Hopkins New Translations from Antiquity
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Alan James is Senior Lecturer in Classics emeritus at the University of Sydney.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction     xi
The Trojan Epic
Penthesileia     3
Memnon     25
The Death of Achilles     43
The Funeral Games of Achilles     64
The Contest for the Armor of Achilles     80
The Arrival of Eurypylos     98
The Arrival of Neoptolemos     116
The Death of Eurypylos     135
The Arrival of Philoktetes     149
The Death of Paris     163
The Defense of Troy     176
The Wooden Horse     189
The Sack of Troy     205
The Departure of the Greeks     220
Critical Summary     239
Commentary     267
Index of Names     349

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