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(Re-)Reading the Classics

JANE E. EVERSON

in The Italian Romance Epic in the Age of Humanism: The Matter of Italy and the World of Rome

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198160151
eISBN:
9780191716386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160151.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The would-be epic poets from the mid-14th century on were, on the one hand, drawn to the long-standing popular traditions of narrative, with their patchwork approach to the incorporation of material ... More


The Renaissance Epic and the Oral Past

Anthony Welch

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178869
eISBN:
9780300188998
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178869.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This book offers a close survey of the changing audiences, modes of reading, and cultural expectations that shaped epic writing in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. According to the book, the ... More


Introduction

Anthony Welch

in The Renaissance Epic and the Oral Past

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178869
eISBN:
9780300188998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178869.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore two tightly interwoven aspects of the Renaissance epic tradition: its changing relationship with antiquity and its complex ... More


Introduction

P. V. Jones (ed.)

in Homer: Odyssey: Books I and II

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856684692
eISBN:
9781800342712
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856684692.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses Homer's two major Greek poems of the Odyssey that begins at the point when Odysseus was about to arrive at Troy and not when Odysseus first left to return home. It examines how ... More


Epic Opera

Anthony Welch

in The Renaissance Epic and the Oral Past

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178869
eISBN:
9780300188998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178869.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter shows how one early European opera, Nahum Tate's and Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, reflects the period's growing discomfort over epic mythmaking. Taking up the chaste Dido tradition, ... More


From Many Gods to One: Divine Action in Renaissance Epic

Tobias Gregory

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226307558
eISBN:
9780226307565
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226307565.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Epic poets of the Renaissance looked to emulate the poems of Greco-Roman antiquity, but doing so presented a dilemma: what to do about the gods? Divine intervention plays a major part in the epics of ... More


Playing the Farmer: Representations of Rural Life in Vergil's Georgics

Philip Thibodeau

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520268326
eISBN:
9780520950252
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520268326.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book reinvigorates our understanding of Vergil's Georgics, a vibrant work written by Rome's premier epic poet shortly before he began the Aeneid. Setting the Georgics in the social context of ... More


Coda The Singer Withdraws

Anthony Welch

in The Renaissance Epic and the Oral Past

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178869
eISBN:
9780300188998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178869.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter discusses the breakup of the traditional epic into an array of cultural forms in the late seventeenth century that both preserved and challenged its legacy. Ancient codes of martial ... More


Adventures of the Solymoi

Tim Whitmarsh

in Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520276819
eISBN:
9780520957022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520276819.003.0015
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter argues that Hellenistic Jews, far from being exclusively resistant to Greek literary culture (although they could be), often deployed highly sophisticated techniques to merge biblical ... More


Per transitum tangit historiam: Intersecting Developments of Roman Identity in Virgil

Maria Luisa Delvigo

in Augustan Poetry and the Roman Republic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199587223
eISBN:
9780191746222
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587223.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The decorum of epic poetry prohibited a too-explicit concern with history. To compose an epic that would memorialize the mythic past might then be taken as a way to avoid talking about, and so to ... More


‘Friend of the Crofter’

Wallace Stuart

in John Stuart Blackie: Scottish Scholar and Patriot

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748611850
eISBN:
9780748653386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748611850.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter talks about John Stuart Blackie with regard to the crofters of the Highlands. Blackie made his first Highland tour in August and September of 1847, travelling from Inverness through the ... More


Ralph Ellison’s Three Days: The Aesthetics of Political Change

Timothy Parrish

in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Timothy Parrish’s “Ralph Ellison’s Three Days: The Aesthetics of Political Change” argues that in Three Days, Ellison transcends the novel form, becoming an epic poet through prose that resembled ... More


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