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The Cambridge Companion to the Epic

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Every great civilisation from the Bronze Age to the present day has produced epic poems. Epic poetry has always had a profound influence on other literary genres, including its own parody in the form of mock-epic. This Companion surveys over four thousand years of epic poetry from the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh to Derek Walcott's postcolonial Omeros. The list of epic poe ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published April 22nd 2010 by Cambridge University Press
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Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
The section on Greek Epic was truly disappointing.
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Roman Epic - Peter Toohey

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"without Aeneas, Rome cannot be founded and there can be no empire."
"juxtaposition of the myth (Trojan myth in particular with contemporary history."
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"Augustus is reincarnation of Aeneas and all that he stood for"
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Great overview of the history of the epic genre. Each chapter is an essay written by a different scholar, focusing on a specific time period within the evolution of the epic. The chapters progress from the Epic of Gilgamesh all the way to Omeros, a modern epic written in 1990, with an extra chapter on Epic in translation at the end. Enlightening, comprehensive, and very helpful toward my research project on the evolution of the epic.
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