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The Epic Cycle: A Commentary on the Lost Troy Epics

M. L. West


The Iliad and Odyssey do not cover the main story of the Trojan War. The whole saga, which includes Zeus' plan to reduce the world's population, the Judgment of Paris and seduction of Helen, the start of the campaign, the Wooden Horse, the fall of Achilles, the homecoming of Agamemnon, and the eventual death of Odysseus, was related in six other epics, dating from 630–560 bce, that were influential for lyric poets, tragedians, and artists of the classical age but are known to us only through fragments and brief prose summaries. This book presents all the source material and provides a commenta ... More

Keywords: Trojan War, Greek epics, epic poetry, epic poems, commentary, Epic Cycle, Ploclus, Troy epics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199662258
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662258.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. L. West, author
Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

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