Greek Epic Fragments: From the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries B.C. (Loeb Classical Library, #497)

Greek Epic Fragments From the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries B C Loeb Classical Library Greek epics of the archaic period include poems that narrate a particular heroic episode or series of episodes and poems that recount the long term history of families or peoples They are an important

  • Title: Greek Epic Fragments: From the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries B.C. (Loeb Classical Library, #497)
  • Author: Martin West Various Thomas E. Jordan
  • ISBN: 9780674996052
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Greek epics of the archaic period include poems that narrate a particular heroic episode or series of episodes and poems that recount the long term history of families or peoples They are an important source of mythological record Here is a new text and translation of the examples of this poetry that have come down to us The heroic epic is represented by poems about HerGreek epics of the archaic period include poems that narrate a particular heroic episode or series of episodes and poems that recount the long term history of families or peoples They are an important source of mythological record Here is a new text and translation of the examples of this poetry that have come down to us The heroic epic is represented by poems about Heracles and Theseus, and by two great epic cycles the Theban Cycle, which tells of the failed assault on Thebes by the Seven and the subsequent successful assault by their sons and the Trojan Cycle, which includes Cypria, Little Iliad, and The Sack of Ilion Among the genealogical epics are poems in which Eumelus creates a prehistory for Corinth and Asius creates one for Samos In presenting the extant fragments of these early epic poems, Martin West provides very helpful notes His Introduction places the epics in historical context.

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    1. As a fan of the Iliad and Odyssey, I was very excited to pick up this book. I was also interested since I studied some classical Greek in university and still have a yearning to retake up those studies. The Loeb series is a perfect solution. The left hand page includes the original text (in Latin or Greek) and the right hand page is an English translation.The Iliad and Odyssey were part of the Trojan epic cycle, a collection of eight related epic stories. The lost six pieces only remain in fragm [...]

    2. There were a lot of epics in ancient Greece, but sadly all of the ones between Homer and The Argonautica went out of circulation - some within only three or four centuries of being written down. This little book has all the quotations, summaries, or references that survived in other ancient writings. A lot of them, including the only complete plot-summaries, are about the cycle of poems that covered the parts of the Trojan War that aren't in the Iliad and Odyssey. Some are from a poem about the [...]

    3. Incredibly useful if you're really interested in Greek epic. Not for the casual reader, but gold for advanced undergrads & grad students.

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