Redesigning Achilles: "recycling" the Epic Cycle in the "Little Iliad" : (Ovid, Metamorphoses 12.1-13.622)

Front Cover
Walter de Gruyter, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 304 pages
0 Reviews

The book is a detailed study on the structure and the topics of Ovid’s compedium of the Trojan Saga in Metamorphoses 12.1-13.622, the section also referred to as the “Little Iliad”. It explores the motives and the objectives behind the selected narrative moments from the Epic Cycle that found their way into the Ovidian version of the Trojan War. By thoroughly mastering and inspiringly refashioning a vast amount of literary material, Ovid generates a systematic reconstruction of the archetypal hero, Achilles. Thus, he projects himself as a worthy successor of Homer in the epic tradition, a master epicist, and a par to his great Latin predecessor, Vergil.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Chapter
22
The Fama of Epic Tradition
45
Achilles Victory
79
Chapter Three
87
The Master of Epic Memory
93
The Spectacular Politics of Immortality
116
The Fate of Periclvmenus
135
Chapter Five
153
Polemic Enlisting
187
The Logical Fashioning of the Epic Hero
200
The Fall of Troy and Hecuba
222
FeMale Virtus and Sacrifice
236
Chapter Seven
253
The Power of Aurora
257
Bibliography
285
Indexes
293

Staging the Minis the Arms and the Men
167

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Sophia Papaioannou, The National and Capodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Bibliographic information