1st Edition

Reading Epic An Introduction to the Ancient Narratives

By Peter Toohey Copyright 1992
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    Readers new to ancient epic are hampered in two ways: they do not know the ancient languages, and they are unfamiliar with the ancient world. This survey addresses the needs of these readers by offering guidance through the major classical writers of epic: it begins with Homer and concludes with an overview of the development of late ancient epic and of the interface between the epic and the novel.

    Introduction CHAPTER ONE: Epic: The genre, its characteristics CHAPTER TWO: Homer, Iliad CHAPTER THREE: Homer Odyssey CHAPTER FOUR: Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica CHAPTER FIVE: Beginning epic in Rome CHAPTER SIX: The Alexandrian Miniature Epic CHAPTER SEVEN: Virgil, Aeneid CHAPTER EIGHT: Ovid, Metamorphoses CHAPTER NINE: Lucan, the Civil War CHAPTER TEN: Roman Epic and the Emperor Domitian CHAPTER ELEVEN: Ends and Beginnings: Late Ancient epic APPENDIX: The Epic and the Novel Bibliography of works cited


    Peter Toohey