Trojan Epic: Posthomerica available in Paperback
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 that places the work in its literary and historical context, a detailed and annotated book-by-book summary of the epic, a commentary on sources, and an explanatory index of proper names.
About the Author
Alan James is Senior Lecturer in Classics emeritus at the University of Sydney.
Table of Contents
|3||The Death of Achilles||43|
|4||The Funeral Games of Achilles||64|
|5||The Contest for the Armor of Achilles||80|
|6||The Arrival of Eurypylos||98|
|7||The Arrival of Neoptolemos||116|
|8||The Death of Eurypylos||135|
|9||The Arrival of Philoktetes||149|
|10||The Death of Paris||163|
|11||The Defense of Troy||176|
|12||The Wooden Horse||189|
|13||The Sack of Troy||205|
|14||The Departure of the Greeks||220|
|Index of Names||349|
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"Provides a vivid retelling of events associated with the Trojan War subsequent to those outlined in the Iliad, but before those of the Odysseya very attractive way of learning about a wide range of the details associated with this most famous of all mythological legends. Dr. James is one of half a dozen of the most accomplished scholars of late Greek poetry in the world. It is especially gratifying to discover that his skill as a translator matches that of his skill as a scholar."