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The madness of epic : reading insanity from Homer to Statius

Author: Debra Hershkowitz
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Series: Oxford classical monographs.
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"Madness plays a vital role in many ancient epics: not only do characters go mad, but madness also often occupies a central thematic position in the texts. In this book, Debra Hershkowitz examines from a variety of theoretical angles the representation and poetic function of madness in Greek and Latin epic from Homer through the Flavians, including individual chapters devoted to the Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: P Papinius Statius; Homer; Stace; Homère; Publius Vergilius Maro; Publius Ovidius Naso; Marcus Annaeus Lucanus; Publius Papinius Statius; Homerus.; Homerus.; Virgile (0070-0019 av. J.-C.).; Homère (08.?-08.? av. J.-C.).; Homère (08.?-08.? av. J.-C.).; Ovide (0043 av. J.-C.-0017).; Lucain (0039-0065).; Stace; Homer.; P Papinius Statius; Homerus; Homerus; Homère - Personnages - Malades mentaux.; Stace - Personnages - Malades mentaux.; Marcus Annaeus Lucanus; Publius Ovidius Naso; Publius Papinius Statius; Publius Vergilius Maro
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Debra Hershkowitz
ISBN: 0198152450 9780198152453
OCLC Number: 38067531
Description: xiii, 346 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : fragments d'un discours furieux --
Vergil's Aeneid: the Romans and the irrational --
Homeric epic: the Greeks and the rational? --
Ovid's Metamorphoses: shifting boundaries of the divided self --
Lucan's Bellum ciuile: epic in extremis --
Statius' Thebaid: furor without limits.
Series Title: Oxford classical monographs.
Responsibility: Debra Hershkowitz.
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