The Trojan war inspired a multifaceted mythological tradition which
evolved through a variety of artistic devices - oral and written
poetry, prose, iconography. In the open system of Trojan war
narratives, Homer represents the dominant line, while the cyclic,
lyric and tragic poets offer a host of alternative versions.
Reconstructing the Epic builds on the premise that the reception of
the Trojan myth by the Hellenistic avant-garde reflects their
aesthetic and ideological distancing from the elevated genres of
the past, particularly the epic. The book monitors the various
stages of this modernistic reaction to the literary tradition: the
avoidance of the Trojan muthos as narrated in the Homeric epics;
the rewriting of the Trojan stories which derive from the Epic
Cycle, lyric and dramatic poetry; the incorporation of Trojan
episodes into idylls, elegies and epyllia; and the working out of a
new Trojan myth recounting, among other things, how the archetypal
war hero, Achilles, is eventually transformed into an ardent lover.
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||Hellenistica Groningana, v.14
||241 x 160 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Sewn
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