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Quintus of Smyrna's Posthomerica : a study of heroic characterization and heroism

Author: Tine Scheijnen
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2018.
Series: Mnemosyne, bibliotheca classica Batava., Supplementum ;, volume 421.
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Quintus of Smyrna's Posthomerica (3rd century C.E.) is of great literary value to the field of Greek epic. It is a stylistic imitation of Homer and recounts what Iliad and Odyssey have left untold of the Trojan War. Tine Scheijnen offers the first linear study of this still little-known poem. Progressing from book 1 to 14, she focusses on key issues such as Homeric similes and characterization of heroes (especially  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Quintus, Smyrnaeus
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tine Scheijnen
ISBN: 9789004380974 9004380973
OCLC Number: 1045640183
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Intro; ‎Contents; ‎Preface; ‎Acknowledgements; ‎Figures and Tables; ‎Figures; ‎Tables; ‎Chapter 1. Introduction; ‎1.1. About the Posthomerica; ‎1.1.1. Dating Quintus; ‎1.1.2. The Epic in a Nutshell; ‎1.1.3. The Path of Scholarship; ‎1.2. Focus: Homeric Heroes and Heroism; ‎1.2.1. Definition?; ‎1.2.2. Key Principles; ‎1.2.3. One Goal, Different Perspectives; ‎1.3. Approach: Characters between Tradition and Plot Structure; ‎1.3.1. Literary Influence; ‎1.3.2. Narrative Composition; ‎1.3.3. Constructing Characters; ‎1.3.4. Homeric Similes; ‎Part 1. Heroic Characters ‎Chapter 2. Penthesilea and Memnon: Two Ways to Fight Achilles‎2.1. Penthesilea; ‎2.1.1. Arrival; ‎2.1.2. Battle; ‎2.1.3. Post Mortem; ‎Excursus: Thersites; ‎2.2. Parallel Compositions; ‎2.3. Memnon; ‎2.3.1. Arrival; ‎2.3.2. Battle; ‎2.3.3. Post Mortem; ‎2.4. Towards Posthomerica 3: a Sealed Fate; ‎Chapter 3. The Death and Inheritance of Achilles; ‎3.1. Achilles: Iliadic Power; ‎3.2. Ajax: Achilleic Power; ‎3.2.1. Next to Achilles: Homer and Posthomerica 1; ‎3.2.2. Over Achilles: Posthomerica 3; ‎3.2.3. After Achilles: Posthomerica 4; ‎3.3. Odysseus: the Power of Speech ‎3.3.1. Claiming to Be the Best‎3.3.2. Arguing to Be the Best; ‎3.3.3. The Winner Takes All; ‎3.4. Towards a Posthomeric Future: Who Will Win?; ‎Chapter 4. Neoptolemus, a New Aeacid in the Field; ‎4.1. Great Expectations; ‎4.1.1. Looking Forward to Neoptolemus; ‎4.1.2. Eurypylus: Looking Out for Neoptolemus; ‎4.2. Meet the Son of a Father; ‎4.2.1. Young Blood; ‎4.2.2. The New Champion; ‎4.2.3. In the Name of the Father; ‎4.3. Overview: What's in a Name?; ‎4.3.1. Kid; ‎4.3.2. Neo-ptolemos; ‎4.3.3. Junior; ‎4.4. Towards the Sack … Rival Killed; What's Next?; ‎4.4.1. Not the Saviour after All? ‎4.4.2. A Sidekick Arrives‎4.4.3. Through Trojan Eyes …; ‎Part 2. Heroism and the Sack of Troy; ‎Chapter 5. Reconsidering Heroic Tactics; ‎5.1. Change of Plan, Recipe for Disaster?; ‎5.2. Heroes, May the Force Be with You; ‎Excursus: Neoptolemus in Triphiodorus; ‎5.3. When a Plan Comes Together; ‎5.3.1. The Heroic Shortlist; ‎5.3.2. To Make a Name; ‎Chapter 6. Suffering Trojans, Victorious Achaeans; ‎6.1. Terror in the Streets; ‎6.1.1. The Risks of a Hangover; ‎6.1.2. Hungry Wolves; ‎6.2. The Gift of Mercy; ‎6.2.1. An Old Supplicant; ‎6.2.2. Two Old Supplicants ‎6.2.3. Three Victims of the Sack‎6.3. Why Sack a City?; ‎6.3.1. Is It Right?; ‎6.3.2. How the Achaeans See It; ‎6.4. Towards Book 14: Unfinished Business; ‎Chapter 7. Heroic and Divine Power; ‎7.1. The Morning After; ‎7.2. The Holy Father; ‎7.2.1. Winged Words; ‎7.2.2. A Heroic Sacrifice; ‎7.2.3. Nostos Secured?; ‎7.3. Stormy Weather; ‎7.3.1. Better Not Anger the Gods; ‎7.3.2. Titanic Stubbornness; ‎7.3.3. Apocalypse Now?; ‎7.4. The End: Towards the Odyssey; ‎Conclusion: Worthy of the Aeacids?; ‎Bibliography; ‎Reference Works and Abbreviations; ‎Text Editions and Translations
Series Title: Mnemosyne, bibliotheca classica Batava., Supplementum ;, volume 421.
Responsibility: by Tine Scheijnen.

Abstract:

Quintus of Smyrna's Posthomerica (3rd century C.E.) is of great literary value to the field of Greek epic. It is a stylistic imitation of Homer and recounts what Iliad and Odyssey have left untold of the Trojan War. Tine Scheijnen offers the first linear study of this still little-known poem. Progressing from book 1 to 14, she focusses on key issues such as Homeric similes and characterization of heroes (especially Achilles and his son Neoptolemus). Ideologically, Quintus engages in a critical way with Homer, but possibly also Vergil, Triphiodorus and tragedy. Scheijnen's work can be read as a thorough introduction to Quintus' Posthomerica , while also offering new insights into Homer reception, the conception of heroes and heroism in Greek epic.

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