Roman epic is both index and critique of the foundational culture of the western world. It is one of Europe's most persistent and determinant poetic modes. In this book distinguished Latinists examine the formation and evolution of Roman epic from its beginnings in the third century BC to the high Italian Renaissance. Featuring a variety of methodologies and approaches, it clarifies the literary importance and political and moral meaning of Roman epic.
`… a book worth having on the shelves for teachers and more advanced pupils, …' - JACT Review
`… few other editors could claim to have sought out and commissioned as much important work that might not have found publication otherwise.' - Greece & Rome
'The quality of the essays - and the enthusiasm of their authors - is consistently high, and the chronological range unusually wide.' - Roger Green, JACT Review
Sander M. Goldberg, University of California, Los Angeles; William J. Dominik, University of Natal; David Konstan, Brown University; William S. Anderson, University of California, Berkeley; Frederick Ahl, Cornell University; J.P. Sullivan, University of California, Santa Barbara; John Henderson, King's College, Cambridge; Martha A. Malamud and Donald T. McGuire jr., University of Southern California; Marcus Wilson, University of Auckland; Peter Connor, University of Melbourne; John O. Ward, University of Sydney; Philip Hardie, New Hall, Cambridge.