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The Posthomerica of Quintus of Smyrna is the only surviving Greek epic that gives a full narrative of the Trojan War between the Iliad and the Odyssey. Book V covers the contest between Ajax and Odysseus over the armour of Achilles, leading to Ajax' madness, suicide and funeral. The work's major areas of interest are: influence of the Homeric epics, Quintus' use of later sources, the Trojan War in Greek and Latin literature, and Greek cultural history under the Roman Empire.
In Quintus of Smyrna's Posthomerica, a study of heroic characterization and heroism, Tine Scheijnen offers a thorough introduction to a late antique Greek epic poem notable for its critical Homer reception and creative (re)construction of Trojan War heroes and heroism.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-09-18 - Publisher: BRILL
In this full-length commentary on book V of Quintus of Smyrna's Posthomerica – the contest between Ajax and Odysseus over the armour of Achilles, and Ajax' subsequent madness and suicide, a balanced treatment of text, language, literary qualities and sources, both Greek and latin, is provided.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010 - Publisher: Stanford University
This dissertation examines the relationship between the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, and Quintus of Smyrna's Posthomerica, a 14-book epic of the third century CE. It argues that Quintus bridges the narratives of the Iliad and the Odyssey and redeploys Homeric style in order to re-activate the cultural power of Homer under the Roman Empire. The first chapter analyzes Quintus' depiction of the Muses. The ways in which the goddesses are represented encodes the contemporary conflict of constructing a Greek identity as panhellenic or epichoric in the language of the past. This demonstrates the Posthomerica's deep engagement with the position of Hellenism and its connection to the past. The lack of an opening invocation to the Muses is part of Quintus' strategy for tapping into Homeric power: he connects the Iliad with the Posthomerica but also respects the boundaries of the Homeric text. The second chapter explores how Quintus occasionally draws his audience's gaze away from the primary narrative of the heroic past and towards their own present. This is done through landscapes, a simile involving the arena, Odysseus' testudo maneuver, and Calchas' prophecy about the Roman empire. These passages fuse the two time-frames together, which implicates the past in the construction of the present. In the third chapter specific nodes of intertextuality between the Posthomerica and the Iliad/Odyssey are the primary focus. It is argued that the intertextual web is incomplete, and that the audience must engage their education (paideia) to fill in the narrative gaps. This engages them in creating a Hellenic identity from the narratives of the past with knowledge derived from the present. The fourth chapter contextualizes Quintus with other hexameter poets of the first through fourth centuries CE who treated the Trojan War narrative, including Nestor and Pisander of Laranda, Triphiodorus, and hexameter papyrus fragments.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-03 - Publisher: JHU Press
A vivid and entertaining story in its own right, the Trojan Epic is also particularly significant for what it reveals about its sources -- the much older, now lost Greek epics about the Trojan War known collectively as the Epic Cycle. Written in the Homeric era, these poems recounted events not included in the Iliad or the Odyssey. As Alan James makes clear in this vibrant and faithful new translation, Quintus's work deserves attention for its literary-historical importance and its narrative power. James's line-by-line verse translation in English reveals the original as an exciting and eloquent tale of gods and heroes, bravery and cunning, hubris and brutality. James includes a substantial introduction that places the work in its literary and historical context, a detailed and annotated book-by-book summary of the epic, a commentary on sources, and an explanatory index of proper names.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-11-06 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Examining carefully the Egyptian epic hexameter production from the 3rd to the 6th centuries AD, especially that of the southern region (Thebaid), this study provides an image of three centuries in the history of the Graeco-Egyptian literature, in which authors and poetry are related directly to the social-economic, cultural and literary contexts from which they come. Laura Miguélez Cavero demonstrates that the traditional image of a “school of Nonnos” is not justified ‑ rather, Triphiodorus, Nonnus, Musaeus, Colluthus, Cyrus of Panopolis and Christodorus of Coptos are just the tip of a literary iceberg we know of only to some extent through the texts that papyri offer us.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-09-17 - Publisher: BRILL
In Quintus of Smyrna’s Posthomerica, a study of heroic characterization and heroism, Tine Scheijnen offers a thorough introduction to a late antique Greek epic poem notable for its critical Homer reception and creative (re)construction of Trojan War heroes and heroism.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-11 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
The Posthomerica, a Greek epic by Quintus of Smyrna believed to have been written in the third century AD, tells the story of the Trojan War beginning with the events immediately following the sack of Troy and the narrative of the Iliad. Valued as the earliest surviving account of this period, Book 14, the final book of the poem, covers much of the same ground as the lost Iliupersis (The Sack of Troy) attributed to Arctinus of Miletus, from Helen's return to Menelaus and the sacrifice of Polyxena, to the homeward journey of the victorious Greeks, which is abruptly interrupted by a divine storm. This detailed commentary divides the text of Posthomerica 14 into smaller narrative units, introducing each with an overview of the relevant literary tradition and a discussion of Quintus' possible direct models. There follows an exhaustive line-by-line commentary addressing points of literary, stylistic, lexicographic, and textual-critical interest, and providing readers with a range of notes on background and vocabulary. The aim throughout is not only to illuminate the main features of Quintus' poetry, but also to offer as full an interpretation as possible of Posthomerica 14 within both its contemporary literary context and also in dialogue with the earlier tradition, in particular the diction, motifs, and narrative and literary techniques of the Homeric poems and the earlier epic tradition more generally. For readers new to the Posthomerica, the volume also includes a thorough, and up-to-date introduction offering an accessible overview of the poems content, dates, context, models, and possible sources, including both the Epic Cycle and Latin literature.