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Book Information: Posthomerica

Posthomerica (c.-350) [Novel]
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Composed in the third century A.D., the Trojan Epic is the earliest surviving literary evidence for many of the traditions of the Trojan War passed down from ancient Greece. Also known as the Posthomerica, or "sequel to Homer," the Trojan Epic chronicles the course of the war after the burial of Troy's greatest hero, Hektor.

Quintus, believed to have been an educated Greek living in Roman Asia Minor, included some of the war's most legendary events: the death of Achilles, the Trojan Horse, and the destruction of Troy. But because Quintus deliberately imitated Homer's language and style, his work has been dismissed by many scholars as pastiche.

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.

Original title: Τὰ μεθ’ Ὅμηρον; Latin: Posthomerica
Alternative titles: The Trojan Epic
Original languages: Ancient Greek

Quotes:

Genre: MythologyRetellingsGreek & Roman
PoetryEpic and Narrative Poetry

Edition #1: The Trojan Epic

The Trojan Epic (2004)
Edition Details:

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 which places the work in its literary and historical context, a detailed and annotated book-by-book summary of the epic, a commentary dealing mainly with sources, and an explanatory index of proper names.

Language: English

Translated by: Alan James
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Manifested in:

The Trojan Epic (January 17, 2007)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801886355
Pages: 408

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