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Reading Epic : An Introduction to the Ancient Narratives - Peter Toohey

Reading Epic

An Introduction to the Ancient Narratives

Hardcover Published: 17th December 1992
ISBN: 9780415042277
Number Of Pages: 264
For Ages: 18 years old

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Individual epics have been covered by many books, but few of these are easily accessible to the student of ancient literature or the general reader. Beginning with Homer and concluding with an overview of the development of the late ancient epic and of the interface between the epic and novel, Peter Toohey guides the reader through the major classical writers of epic.
"Reading Epic" offers an interpretation of the meaning, ' not simply a description of the story, of these poems within the intellectual constraints of the era in which they were written. In most cases these readings are provided within the format of interpretative paraphrase. The intention is to help new readers with the story and with its ideas at the same time.
Toohey's readings provide clear and reliable introductions to the central Greek and Latin epics, and to the genre as a whole. At the same time they act as a suggestive and provocative starting point.

Introductionp. xi
Epic: the Genre, Its Characteristicsp. 1
Homer, Iliadp. 20
Homer, Odysseyp. 44
Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonauticap. 68
Beginning Epic in Romep. 90
The Alexandrian Miniature Epicp. 100
Virgil, Aeneidp. 121
Ovid, Metamorphosesp. 144
Lucan, the Civil Warp. 166
Roman Epic and the Emperor Domitianp. 186
Ends and Beginnings; Late Ancient Epicp. 211
Appendix: The Epic and the Novelp. 224
Bibliographyp. 230
Indexp. 242
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ISBN: 9780415042277
ISBN-10: 0415042275
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 17th December 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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