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Device and composition in the Greek epic cycle

Author: Benjamin Sammons
Publisher: New York : Published in the United States of America by Oxford University Press, ©2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From a corpus of Greek epics known in antiquity as the Device and Composition in the Greek Epic Cycle, Benjamin Sammons shows that these lost poems belonged, compositionally, to essentially the same tradition as the Homeric poems. He demonstrates that various compositional devices well-known from the Homeric epics were also fundamental to the narrative construction of these later works. Yet while the "cyclic" poets  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Sammons
ISBN: 9780190614843 0190614846
OCLC Number: 1105392130
Description: 262 p. ; 25 cm
Contents: Table of ContentsPreface ..L....... iIntroduction .. 1 Chapter 1: Narratives .. 32Chapter 2: Catalogue & Catalogic .. 80Chapter 3: Narrative Doublets .. 126Chapter 4: Character Roles & Narrative Design ..155Chapter 5: The Aristeia ... 194Chapter 6: The Gods & the Divine ..222Conclusions . 265Appendix A: On the Summaries of Proclus ... 285Appendix B: English translation of Proclus .. 305Bibliography 312
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Benjamin Sammons argues that the poems of the so-called "Epic Cycle" were constructed using the same traditional devices as the Homeric epics. From this insight he sheds new light on the overall form  Read more...

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