Ancient Epic - eBook
Ancient Epic - eBook  -     By: Katherine Callen King
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781118293454
ISBN-13: 9781118293454
Series: Blackwell Introductions to the Classical World

Publisher's Description

Ancient Epic offers a comprehensive and accessibleintroduction to six of the greatest ancient epics – Homer'sIliad and Odyssey, Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid'sMetamorphoses, and Apollonius of Rhodes' Agonautica.
  • Provides an accessible introduction to the ancient epic
  • Offers interpretive analyses of poems within a comprehensivehistorical context
  • Includes a detailed timeline, suggestions for further readings,and an appendix of the Olympian gods and their Akkadiancounterparts

Author Bio

Katherine Callen King is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Editorial Reviews

"[King] also draws connections between the works so the reader cansee the epics in the context of their genre and historical period."(CHOICE, February 2010) “Provides a comprehensive idea[of] ancient epic, showing how this literary genre is not only aninvaluable cultural asset in itself, but the bearer of messages andvalues far remote or dead … .The brilliant and dense generalintroduction identifies the preliminary concepts necessary toaddress the overall theme of the book … .Truly admirableconsistency [and] effort [for] a topic so broad and multifaceted.The fact that the text is addressed to an audience ofnon-specialists … does not reduce … the scope andimportance: on the contrary. Ancient Epic is the result of awell-calibrated balance between methodological rigor [and] accuracyof content … .This volume, which deserves to be consideredamong the best introductions to ancient epic appeared in recentyears, has all the characteristics to … fascinate a very widenumber of readers (not necessarily native English speakers) whowant to know epic poetry.” (Bryn Mawr ClassicalReview, February 2010)

"If you already enjoy the Classical epics, you should read thisto challenge your assumptions. If you aren't familiar withClassical epic, you should read this to learn about the topic.Ancient Epic straddles beautifully the need to provide valuefor people who have already read the epics and the needs of areader unacquainted with the genre." (N.S. Gill,About.com)

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