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Greek Epic Cycle and its Ancient Reception


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Introduction: Kyklos, Epic Cycle, and Cyclic poetry Marco Fantuzzi and Christos Tsagalis; Part I. Approaches to the Epic Cycle: 1. Coming adrift: the limits of reconstruction of the Cyclic poems Jonathan Burgess; 2. Oral traditions, written texts, and questions of authorship Gregory Nagy; 3. The Epic Cycle and oral tradition John M. Foley and Justin Arft; 4. The formation of the Epic Cycle Martin L. West; 5. Motif- and source-research: neoanalysis, Homeric and cyclic epic Wolfgang Kullmann; 6. Meta-cyclic epic and Homeric poetry Margalit Finkelberg; 7. Language and meter of the Epic Cycle Alberto Bernabe; 8. Narrative techniques in the Epic Cycle Antonios Rengakos; 9. Wit and irony in the Epic Cycle David Konstan; 10. The Trojan war in early Greek art Thomas H. Carpenter; Part II. Epics: 11. Theogony Gianbattista D'alessio; 12. Oedipodea Ettore Cingano; 13. Thebaid Jose B. Torres-Guerra; 14. Epigonoi Ettore Cingano; 15. Alcmeonis Andrea Debiasi; 16. Cypria Bruno Currie; 17. Aethiopis Antonios Rengakos; 18. Ilias parva Adrian Kelly; 19. Iliou persis Patrick Finglass; 20. Nostoi Georg Danek; 21. Telegony Christos Tsagalis; Part III. Fortune of the Epic Cycle: 22. The aesthetics of sequentiality and its discontents Marco Fantuzzi; 23. The Epic Cycle, Stesichorus, and Ibycus Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi; 24. Pindar's cycle Ian Rutherford; 25. Tragedy and the Epic Cycle Alan Sommerstein; 26. The Hellenistic reception of the Epic Cycle Evina Sistakou; 27. Running rings round Troy: recycling the 'epic circle' in Hellenistic and Roman art Michael Squire; 28. Virgil and the Epic Cycle Ursula Gartner; 29. Ovid and the Epic Cycle Gianpiero Rosati; 30. Statius' Achilleid and the Cypria Charles McNelis; 31. The Epic Cycle and the ancient novel David F. Elmer; 32. The Epic Cycle and Imperial Greek epic Silvio Bar and Manuel Baumbach.

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A thorough introduction to these important, but fragmentary, early Greek narrative poems so crucial for understanding Homer and Greek mythology.

About the Author

Marco Fantuzzi teaches Greek Literature as Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York, and at Universita degli Studi di Macerata, Italy. His publications include Achilles in Love (2012), Tradition and Innovation in Hellenistic Poetry (with R. Hunter, 2004), Ricerche su Apollonio Rodio: diacronie della dizione epica (1988), Bionis Smyrnaei Adonidis epitaphium (1985), Brill's Companion to Greek and Latin Pastoral (edited with T. Papanghelis, 2006), Struttura e storia dell'esametro greco (edited with R. Pretagostini, 1995-6) and forthcoming commentary on the Rhesus ascribed to Euripides. Among his present research interests are Greek tragedy, Hellenistic poetry, Greek and Latin metrics, and ancient literary criticism and scholarship. Christos Tsagalis is Professor of Greek at the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki. His research interests encompass Homer, Hesiod, historiography, and the Greek epigram. His books include Epic Grief: Personal Laments in Homer's Iliad (2004), The Oral Palimpsest: Exploring Intertextuality in the Homeric Epics (2008), Inscribing Sorrow: Fourth-Century Attic Funerary Epigrams (2008) and From Listeners to Viewers: Space in the Iliad (2012), as well as articles on Homer, Hesiod, Bacchylides, Herodotus, and Xenophon. He has edited, among other volumes, Brill's Companion to Hesiod (with F. Montanari and A. Rengakos, 2009), Homeric Hypertextuality (2010), a special issue of the journal Trends in Classics, and Theban Resonances in Homeric Epic (2014), another special issue of the journal Trends in Classics.


'The book is beautifully produced in CUP's attractive wide-margin format. The footnotes contain helpfully abundant cross-referencing of chapters ... This is an excellent and important Companion that brings together, on an unprecedented scale for this material, clear and detailed summaries of the state of play in a notably complex field of scholarship.' Lyndsay Coo, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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