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    DescriptionThe Iliad and Odyssey do not cover the main story of the Trojan War. The whole saga, which includes Zeus' plan to reduce the world's population, the Judgment of Paris and seduction of Helen, the start of the campaign, the Wooden Horse, the fall of Achilles, the homecoming of Agamemnon, and the eventual death of Odysseus, was related in six other epics, dating from 630-560 BCE, that were influential for lyric poets, tragedians, and artists of the classical age but are known to us only through fragments and brief prose summaries. In this book Martin West presents all the source material and provides the first comprehensive commentary on it, making full use of iconographic as well as literary evidence. Discussing the individual fragments and testimonia, he endeavours to reconstruct the connections between them, so far as possible, and to build up a picture of the plan and course of each poem. In a substantial introduction he addresses general issues, including the nature and formation of the Epic Cycle, the status of the summaries of the Troy epics preserved under the name of Proclus, the validity of the attested ascriptions to particular poets, the reflexes of the Cycle in early art and literature, and its fortunes in and after the Hellenistic period.


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    Title
    The Epic Cycle
    Subtitle
    A Commentary on the Lost Troy Epics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) M.L. West
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 558 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199662258
    ISBN 10: 0199662258
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
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    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
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    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    DC22: 883.01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LCO003000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA, 1QDAG
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 883.01
    LC classification: PA3105 .W47 2013
    Thema V1.0: DNT, DSBB, NHC
    Illustrations note
    3 in-text illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    19 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Martin West was a Fellow and Praelector at University College, Oxford, from 1963 to 1974, then Professor of Greek at Bedford and Royal Holloway Colleges London till 1991, and a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College Oxford from 1991 to 2004. He continues to live and work in Oxford.
    Table of contents
    PREFACE ; ABBREVIATIONS ; PROLEGOMENA ; 1. What was the Epic Cycle? ; 2. Proclus Chrestomatheias Eklogai and Apollodorus Bibliotheke ; 3. The formation of the Cycle ; 4. Ascriptions ; 5. Reflexes in Archaic and Classical art and literature ; 6. The Cycle in the Hellenistic and early Roman periods ; 7. Reconstructing the poems ; COMMENTARIES ; 1. Cypria ; 2. Aethiopis ; 3. Little Iliad ; 4. Iliou Persis ; 5. Nostoi ; 6. Telegony ; EXCURSUS: THE DEATH OF ODYSSEUS ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEXES