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The Greek Epic Cycle and its Ancient Reception
A Companion

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Marco Fantuzzi, Christos Tsagalis, Jonathan Burgess, Gregory Nagy, John M. Foley, Justin Arft, Martin L. West, Wolfgang Kullmann, Margalit Finkelberg, Alberto Bernabé, Antonios Rengakos, David Konstan, Thomas H. Carpenter, Gianbattista D'alessio, Ettore Cingano, José B. Torres-Guerra, Ettore Cingano, Andrea Debiasi, Bruno Currie, Adrian Kelly, Patrick Finglass, Georg Danek, Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi, Ian Rutherford, Alan Sommerstein, Evina Sistakou, Michael Squire, Ursula Gärtner, Gianpiero Rosati, Charles McNelis, David F. Elmer, Silvio Bär, Manuel Baumbach
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  • Date Published: August 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107012592

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  • The poems of the Epic Cycle are assumed to be the reworking of myths and narratives which had their roots in an oral tradition predating that of many of the myths and narratives which took their present form in the Iliad and the Odyssey. The remains of these texts allow us to investigate diachronic aspects of epic diction as well as the extent of variation within it on the part of individual authors - two of the most important questions in modern research on archaic epic. They also help to illuminate the early history of Greek mythology. Access to the poems, however, has been thwarted by their current fragmentary state. This volume provides the scholarly community and graduate students with a thorough critical foundation for reading and interpreting them.

    • Discusses in detail all the extant material (testimonia and fragments)
    • Examines the formation of and role played by the Epic Cycle
    • Investigates the reception and re-use of the Cyclic epics by Greek and Roman writers down to the end of the ancient world
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    '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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    • Date Published: August 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107012592
    • length: 690 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 184 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.52kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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 Bernabé
    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 José 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 Gärtner
    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 Bär and Manuel Baumbach.

  • Editors

    Marco Fantuzzi, Columbia University, New York
    Marco Fantuzzi teaches Greek Literature as Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York, and at the University of Macerata. 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, University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Christos Tsagalis is Professor of Greek at the Aristotle University of 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), a special issue of the journal Trends in Classics.

    Contributors

    Marco Fantuzzi, Christos Tsagalis, Jonathan Burgess, Gregory Nagy, John M. Foley, Justin Arft, Martin L. West, Wolfgang Kullmann, Margalit Finkelberg, Alberto Bernabé, Antonios Rengakos, David Konstan, Thomas H. Carpenter, Gianbattista D'alessio, Ettore Cingano, José B. Torres-Guerra, Ettore Cingano, Andrea Debiasi, Bruno Currie, Adrian Kelly, Patrick Finglass, Georg Danek, Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi, Ian Rutherford, Alan Sommerstein, Evina Sistakou, Michael Squire, Ursula Gärtner, Gianpiero Rosati, Charles McNelis, David F. Elmer, Silvio Bär, Manuel Baumbach

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