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The Alexandra of Lycophron: A Literary Study

Charles McNelis and Alexander Sens


The obscurity of Lycophron’s Alexandra was already notorious in antiquity and has long hampered a holistic approach to the poem. Through a series of distinct but closely integrated literary studies of major aspects of the work, including its style, its engagement with the traditions of epic and tragedy, and its treatment of heroism and of the gods, the book explores the way the Alexandra reconfigures Greek mythology, particularly as presented in Homeric epic and Athenian tragedy, in order to cast the Romans and their restoration of Trojan glory as the ultimate telos of history. In this sense, ... More

Keywords: Lycophron, Greek mythology, Cassandra, heroism, epic, tragedy, Roman, Trojan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199601899
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles McNelis, author
Associate Professor of Classics, Georgetown University

Alexander Sens, author
Markos and Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis Chair of Hellenic Studies, Georgetown University