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Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century

Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell, Stephen Harrison, and Claire Kenward


Graeco-Roman epic poetry was the staple of the early operatic repertoire and it continues to provide a rich storehouse of themes for contemporary creative artists working in divergent traditions. Since Tim Supple and Simon Reade’s stage adaptation of Ted Hughes’s Tales from Ovid for the RSC (1999), versions of Greek and Roman epics have routinely provided raw material for the performance repertoire both within major cultural institutions and from emergent, experimental theatre companies. The chapters in this volume range widely across time (the Middle Ages to the present), place (Europe, Asia, ... More

Keywords: epic, performance, genres, lyric, empire, popular culture, film, dance, classical reception, orality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198804215
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804215.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fiona Macintosh, editor
Professor of Classical Reception, Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD), and Fellow of St Hilda's College, University of Oxford

Justine McConnell, editor
Lecturer in Comparative Literature, King's College London

Stephen Harrison, editor
Professor of Latin Literature and Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

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I Defining Terms

1 ‘Epic’ Performances

Fiona Macintosh

3 Shakespeare and Epic

Colin Burrow

II Crossing Genres

9 The Future of Epic in Cinema

Pantelis Michelakis

10 From Epic to Lyric

Georgina Paul

11 Choreographing Epic

Arabella Stanger

12 Epic Bodies

Marie-Louise Crawley

III Formal Refractions

13 A Harmless Distemper

Margaret Kean

15 Voicing Virgil

Robin Kirkpatrick

18 Unfixing Epic

Stephe Harrop

IV Empire and Politics

26 After the Aeneid

Stephen Harrison

V High and Low

32 Epic Transposed

Fiona Macintosh

33 Sacrilegious Translation

Cécile Dudouyt

End Matter