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Device and Composition in the Greek Epic Cycle

Benjamin Sammons


From a corpus of Greek epics known in antiquity as the “Epic Cycle,” six poems dealt with the same Trojan War mythology as the Homeric poems. Though they are now lost, these poems were much read and much discussed in ancient times, not only for their content but for their mysterious relationship with the more famous works attributed to Homer. This study shows that these lost poems belonged, compositionally, to essentially the same tradition as the Homeric poems. It demonstrates that various compositional devices well-known from the Homeric epics were also fundamental to the narrative construct ... More

Keywords: Epic Cycle, Trojan War, epic fragments, oral composition, Homer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190614843
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190614843.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Sammons, author
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Classics, Queens College