The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle

The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle

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by Jonathan S. Burgess
     
 

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

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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 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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801878909
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
986,576
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note to Reader
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
1The Epic Cycle and the Tradition of the Trojan War7
2Homer and the Tradition of the Trojan War47
3The Epic Cycle and Homer132
Conclusion172
App. APhotius and Proclus177
App. BSchematization of R. Cook's Tables181
App. CTrojan War Images to 600 B.C.E.183
App. DBlinding and Escape Images188
App. ESelect Epic Passages Featuring Leaves190
Notes193
References259
Index279

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