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The "Trojan Epic": "Posthomerica" (Johns Hopkins New Translations from Antiquity)

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A vivid and entertaining story in its own right, the Trojan Epic is also particularly significant for what it reveals about its sources — the much older, now lost Greek epics about the Trojan War known collectively as the Epic Cycle. Written in the Homeric era, these poems recounted events not included in the Iliad or the Odyssey. As Alan James makes clear in this vibrant and faithful new translation, Quintus's work deserves attention for its literary-historical importance and its narrative power. James's line-by-line verse translation in English reveals the original as an exciting and eloquent tale of gods and heroes, bravery and cunning, hubris and brutality. James includes a substantial introduction that places the work in its literary and historical context, a detailed and annotated book-by-book summary of the epic, a commentary on sources, and an explanatory index of proper names.

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Writing in Greek in Roman Asia Minor during the third century AD, Quintus took up the story of Troy where Homer had left off. It is the earliest surviving literary evidence for many of the traditions of the Trojan War, says James (emeritus classics, U. of Sydney), and a vivid story in its own right. His translation retains the line structure of the original verse and is supported by a substantial introduction, explanatory notes with variant readings, and an index of names.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780801879654
Translator:
James, Alan
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Translator:
James, Alan
Editor:
James, Alan
Author:
Quintus
Author:
Quintus, Smyrnaeus
Location:
Baltimore
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Epic poetry, Greek
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Trojan War
Subject:
Troy
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Johns Hopkins new translations from antiquity
Series Volume:
Nr. 92
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9.18x6.46x1.14 in. 1.50 lbs.

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
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Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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