Download e-book for iPad: A Companion to Ancient Epic by John Miles Foley

By John Miles Foley

ISBN-10: 1405188383

ISBN-13: 9781405188388

"For people who are attracted to Greek and Roman epic, the publication is a treasure-house of correct variety.... The editor and the writer either deserve compliment for a truly tremendous volume." (Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society)

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While praise (often in second-person address) is more direct and more lucrative, epic (usually thirdperson) is more lucid. The dynamic interaction of praise and epic should make us think of such poetic forms as ancient Greek epinikia and enkoˆmia, as preserved mainly in the work of Pindar (ca. 518–438 B C E ), often noted for the same features – allusive, elliptical, gnomic, and narrative only in a kernel form. Medieval Irish bardic verse and prose sagas exhibit a similar kernel-and-expansion relationship.

Scott Garner’s wide-ranging discussion of Epic and other genres and Casey Due´’s chapter on Homer’s post-classical legacy in various media from the medieval period to the present. Part IV: Roman epic Like the ancient Greek section, this fourth group of twelve chapters follows a more familiar, largely self-explanatory path from the earliest remnants of Roman epic through all of the major authors and works and on to the apotheosis of the tradition in more modern creations across various media. Thus Joseph Farrell opens the series with a discussion of the origins and essence of Roman epic, tracing various opinions on its evolution and relationship to Greek literary culture via analysis of both ideological and historical issues.

To put it negatively, we should not define ‘‘genre’’ or ‘‘epic’’ simply as an ideal Platonic form for static contemplation. Definitions need to be dynamic aids to learning and social integration. Modern handbooks of literary terms, in defining ‘‘epic,’’ inevitably mention features of content, such as a cosmic scale; a serious purpose; a setting in the distant past; the presence of heroic and supernatural characters; and plots pivoting on wars or quests. The presence or absence of any such features should not be decisive, however, in defining a genre.

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