The Epic Cycle: A Commentary on the Lost Troy Epics

The Epic Cycle: A Commentary on the Lost Troy Epics


The Iliad and Odyssey don't disguise the most tale of the Trojan battle. the complete saga, along with Zeus' plan to lessen the world's inhabitants, the Judgment of Paris and seduction of Helen, the beginning of the crusade, the wood Horse, the autumn of Achilles, the homecoming of Agamemnon, and the eventual demise of Odysseus, was once similar in six different epics, relationship from 630-560 BCE, that have been influential for lyric poets, tragedians, and artists of the classical age yet are identified to us purely via fragments and short prose summaries.

In this booklet Martin West offers all of the resource fabric and gives the 1st accomplished statement on it, making complete use of iconographic in addition to literary facts. Discussing the person fragments and testimonia, he endeavours to reconstruct the connections among them, as far as attainable, and to accumulate an image of the plan and process every one poem. In a considerable creation he addresses normal matters, together with the character and formation of the Epic Cycle, the prestige of the summaries of the Troy epics preserved less than the identify of Proclus, the validity of the attested ascriptions to specific poets, the reflexes of the Cycle in early artwork and literature, and its fortunes in and after the Hellenistic period.

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