Brillís Companion to Greek and Latin Epyllion and Its Reception

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Manuel Baumbach, Silvio Bšr
BRILL, Oct 12, 2012 - History - 666 pages
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In classical scholarship of the past two centuries, the term epyllion was used to label short hexametric texts mainly ascribable to the Hellenistic period (Greek) or the Neoterics (Latin). Apart from their brevity, characteristics such as a predilection for episodic narration or female characters were regarded as typically epyllic features. However, in Antiquity itself, the texts we call epyllia were not considered a coherent genre, which seems to be an innovation of the late 18th century. The contributions in this book not only re-examine some important (and some lesser known) Greek and Latin primary texts, but also critically reconsider the theoretical discourses attached to it, and also sketch their literary and scholarly reception in the Byzantine and Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Modern Age.
  

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Contents

Concepts and Texts
3
Some Revisions to a Chapter in the History of Classical Scholarship
29
The Perfect Epyllion?
55
Part 2 The Archaic and PreHellenistic Period
81
Compression and Extension in Greek Narrative Poetry
83
An Epyllion? Agonistic Performativity and Cultural Metapoetics
111
The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite between Epic Hymn and Epyllic Poetry
135
Rhapsodic Hymns and Epyllia
149
Calvus Io visŗvis Other CowAndBull Stories
333
The Tenth Book of Ovids Metamorphoses as Orpheus Epyllion
355
Part 5 The Imperial Period
369
Triphiodorus Reception of Homer in the Capture of Troy
371
Between Epic and Novel
411
Christodorus the Art of Ekphrasis and the Epyllic Genre
447
Intertextuality and Absurdity of the Myth in Epyllion and Epic Insets
473
Part 6 The Middle Ages and Beyond
491

A ProtoEpyllion? The PseudoHesiodic Shield and The Poetics of Deferral
177
Part 3 The Hellenistic Period
199
Pindaric Narrative Technique in the Hellenistic Epyllion
201
The Hecale and Hellenistic Conceptions of Short Hexameter Narratives
221
Hercules on a Small Scale Theocritus Idylls 13 and 24
245
Id 25 in the Corpus Theocriteum
259
The Epithalamium of Achilles and Deidameia Buc Gr 157158 Gow
283
Part 4 The Late Roman Republic and The Augustan Period
307
The Erotika Pathemata of Parthenius of Nicaea
309
Epyllion or Short Epic in the Latin Literature of the Middle Ages?
493
Short Mythological Epic in NeoLatin Literature
519
A Lallans Epyllion?
537
Bibliography
563
General Index
597
Index Locorum
617
Index of Selected Greek Words
639
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About the author (2012)

Manuel Baumbach, Dr. phil. (1997) in Classics, University of Heidelberg, is Professor of Classics at the Ruhr-University Bochum. His research focuses on Hellenistic Poetry and the Second Sophistic. He has published books on Lucian and he is the co-editor of "Labored in Papyrus Leaves: Perspectives on an Epigram Collection Attributed to Poseidippus" (2004), "Quintus Smyrnaeus: Transforming Homer in Second Sophistic Epic" (2007), and "Archaic and Classical Greek Epigram" (2010). Silvio B r, Dr. phil. (2008) in Classics, University of Zurich, is a research assistant and lecturer at the University of Zurich. His research focuses, inter alia, on Greek epic poetry of the imperial period. He has co-edited (together with Manuel Baumbach) "Quintus Smyrnaeus: Transforming Homer in Second Sophistic Epic" (2007), and is currently writing a book-length study on the Greek hero Herakles. Contributors: Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, Silvio B r, Manuel Baumbach, Anton Bierl, Peter Bing, Ewen Bowie, Carmen Cardelle de Hartmann, Nicola D mmler, Ulrich Eigler, Marco Fantuzzi, Kathryn Gutzwiller, Regina H schele, Richard Hunter, Jacqueline Klooster, Martin Korenjak, Peter Kuhlmann, Christine Luz, Virgilio Masciadri, Ivana Petrovic, Thomas A. Schmitz, Peter Stotz, Stefan Tilg, Vincent Tomasso, and Gail Trimble.

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