A Companion to Ancient Epic by John Miles Foley

By John Miles Foley

"For people who are attracted to Greek and Roman epic, the e-book is a treasure-house of ideal variety.... The editor and the writer either deserve compliment for a truly nice volume." (Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society)

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There are numerous introductory textbooks on linguistics: reliable ones include Fromkin 2000 and Akmajian et al. ) The Indo-European Context 21 The source of the Indic language Sanskrit and the two European languages Greek and Latin is what is now known as Proto-Indo-European. ) The prefix ‘‘proto-’’ (Greek ‘‘first’’) conveys the fact that the language in question – the source, which does indeed no longer exist – is not actually attested in any documents but has rather to be inferred from the existence of its children (conventionally ‘‘daughters’’).

Again, the Odyssey features an extended ‘‘catalogue’’ of heroic women in the Underworld scene of Book 11, which even in antiquity was matched with the Hesiodic Catalogue. Clearly, generic interplay and expansion, allusion and multiformity, were essential to the art of epopoiia in archaic Greek. ’’ A straightforward assumption can account for the tight bonds among all these hexameter poems: namely, the existence, from at least the sixth century B C E , of travelling reciters or singers, called ‘‘rhapsodes’’ (‘‘song-stitchers’’), at least some of whom traced their ancestry to the master singer Homer himself.

More surprisingly, even when within the epic a character is about to speak, the same canonical sequence of genres occurs. In short, the ‘‘epic’’ must be taken as total social event including audience interaction, instrumental music, and these framing genres, not just the ‘‘text’’ we might want to cull from it. We know that epic recitation was preceded by proems resembling the Homeric Hymns (see Thuc. 104). As mentioned above, Homeric and Hesiodic poems could be recited by the same rhapsodic performers.

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