Classical epic: Homer and Virgil

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Bristol Classical Press, 1992 - Foreign Language Study - 80 pages
In the ancient world Homer was recognized as the fountainhead of culture. His poems, the 'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey', were universally admired as examples of great literature which could never be surpassed. In this new study, Richard Jenkyns re-examines the two Homeric epics and the work that is perhaps their closest rival, the 'Aeneid' of Virgil. A wide range of topics is covered, including chapters on heroism and tragedy in the 'Iliad', morality in the 'Odyssey' and Virgil's skillful reworking of elements from the two earlier epics. Essential reading for those who are unfamiliar with the works of Homer and Virgil, the author's lively and provocative approach will also appeal to more experienced scholars of classical literature.

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The Homeric Question
Formulae and the Homeric View of Life
Characterisation in the Iliad

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About the author (1992)

Richard Jenkyns is currently Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, ORichard Jenkyns is currently Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. xford.

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