The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the "Epic Cycle"
By (author) Jonathan S. Burgess
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Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle by Jonathan S. Burgess
Book DescriptionAlthough 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801878909
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 21-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jonathan S. Burgess
Homer, Paperback (October 2014)
Tracing their transmission through the ancient, medieval and modern periods, the author further examines questions of later reception and the use made of Homer in colonialism and imperialism.
Death and Afterlife of Achilles, Hardback (February 2009)» View all books by Jonathan S. Burgess
With his keen, original analysis of hitherto untapped literary, iconographical, and archaeological sources, Burgess adds greatly to our understanding of this archetypal mythic hero.
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Author Biography - Jonathan S. Burgess
Jonathan S. Burgess is an associate professor of classical studies at the University of Toronto.
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