Reading Epic

Reading Epic

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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.There are, too, shared technical features such as similes, battles, set speeches, invocations of the Muses, councils of the gods and of the ... Heroic epic in other cultures is frequently brief: Beowulf, the Old English poem, is a bare 3, 000 lines.

Title:Reading Epic
Author: Peter Toohey
Publisher:Routledge - 2003-09-02

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