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GREEK EPIC FRAGMENTS: FROM THE SEVENTH TO THE FIFTH CENTURIES BC
translated by Martin L. West
Harvard University Press, 2003
Cloth: 978-0-674-99605-2
Library of Congress Classification PA3623.E5G74 2003
Dewey Decimal Classification 883.0108

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Greek epics of the archaic period include poems that narrate a particular heroic episode or series of episodes and poems that recount the long-term history of families or peoples. They are an important source of mythological record. Here is a new text and translation of the examples of this poetry that have come down to us.

The heroic epic is represented by poems about Heracles and Theseus, and by two great epic cycles: the Theban Cycle, which tells of the failed assault on Thebes by the Seven and the subsequent successful assault by their sons; and the Trojan Cycle, which includes Cypria, Little Iliad, and The Sack of Ilion. Among the genealogical epics are poems in which Eumelus creates a prehistory for Corinth and Asius creates one for Samos. In presenting the extant fragments of these early epic poems, Martin West provides very helpful notes. His Introduction places the epics in historical context.

Table of Contents:

Preface
Abbreviations and Symbols
Introduction
Select Bibliography

The Theban Cycle
Oedipodea
Thebaid
Epigoni
Alcmeonis
The Trojan Cycle
Cypria
Aethiopis
The Little Iliad
The Sack of Ilion
The Returns
Telegony. Thesprotis
Poems On Heracles And Theseus
Creophylus, The Capture of Oichalia
Pisander, Heraclea
Panyassis, Heraclea
Theseis
Genealogical And Antiquarian Epics
Eumelus (Titanomachia, Corinthiaca, Europia)
Cinaethon
Asius
Hegesinous
Chersias
Danais
Minyas
Carmen Naupactium
Phoronis
Unplaced Fragments (mostly ascribed to "Homer")

Comparative Numeration
Index

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