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Published: 24 August 2017

272 Pages


ISBN: 9780190614843

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Device and Composition in the Greek Epic Cycle

Benjamin Sammons

  • Uses the Homeric poems to shed light on cyclic epics while setting aside contentious assumptions about the direct relationship between these works
  • Takes the cyclic poets seriously as accomplished and competent artists, and sheds new light on their aims
  • Offers a new perspective on innovation vs. tradition in the early Greek literature (while early Greek poets used highly traditional compositional methods, the poems they produced show a startling variety in overall form)