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Although 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 Although 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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Although 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 Although 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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  1. 4 out of 5

    Raymonds009

    For someone who has been out of the academic cycle for a long time this was a brilliant re- examination of many of the things I learned (forgot). It might be a little deep if you are only a casual devotee of the epic, but, I believe that there is much here for anyone who wants to know a little bit more about Homer and the other story tellers of his time. I really liked it a lot. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liam Malone

    This was a great account of how the Epic Cycle and Homer relate to each other and to the Trojan War. Very learned with nothing too difficult to comprehend. It asks us to see the Epic Cycle as as old as or older than Homer.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate Nishino

    Skimmed more than read this one. Wasn't quite what I was looking for. The appendices were actually more interesting than the main text. Skimmed more than read this one. Wasn't quite what I was looking for. The appendices were actually more interesting than the main text.

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