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    DescriptionAlthough the Iliad and Odyssey narrate only relatively small portions of the Trojan War and its aftermath, for centuries these works have overshadowed other, more comprehensive narratives of the conflict, particularly the poems known as the Epic Cycle. In The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle, Jonathan Burgess challenges Homer's authority on the war's history and the legends surrounding it, placing the Iliad and Odyssey in the larger, often overlooked context of the entire body of Greek epic poetry of the Archaic Age. He traces the development and transmission of the Cyclic poems in ancient Greek culture, comparing them to later Homeric poems and finding that they were far more influential than has previously been thought.


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    Title
    The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the "Epic Cycle"
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jonathan S. Burgess
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801878909
    ISBN 10: 080187890X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25770
    DC22: 883.01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 495
    DC22: 883/.01
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC21: 883.01
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190
    B&T Approval Code: A24204000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA
    B&T Approval Code: A23130000
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    LC classification: PA4037 .B84 2004
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DSC, NHC
    Edition statement
    Hardcover Publi.
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    21 January 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Jonathan S. Burgess is an associate professor of classical studies at the University of Toronto.
    Review quote
    A lively and venturesome study of the relationship between the Homeric epics and the largely lost Cyclic poems... A very interesting and accessible book. -- S. Douglas Olson Religious Studies Review This is a bracingly skeptical treatment of some important issues... A fresh, engaging exercise in heterodox scholarship. Greece and Rome [Jonathan Burgess] has firmly established the case that the Cyclic epics should be regarded as more authoritative representatives of Greek tradition about the Trojan War than the poems of Homer... Essential reading for everyone seriously interested in Homer and Greek epic tradition. -- Margalit Finkelberg Bryn Mawr Classical Review The Iliad and the Odyssey continue to be translated anew, and noticed when they are. Less widely noticed [is] other poetry about the Trojan War... The range and argument of the book make it valuable to any with an interest in what we call Homeric, and indeed, in ancient traditions generally. Virginia Quarterly Review Both the author's remarkable knowledge of previous scholarship on the topic and his eminently moderate and well-balanced approach make this volume a most valuable resource for approaching this complex field, and it immediately becomes indispensable for the study of Homeric and early non-Homeric epic. -- Mark W. Edwards Phoenix Anyone who has a serious interest in Homer and the Greek epic tradition should find this a valuable and thought-provoking book. -- Mike Chappell Journal of Classics Teaching 2005 A well argued book that packs a great deal of scholarship and insight into less than two-hundred pages. It deserves careful and repeated reading. -- D.M. Carter Polis 2010