Lecture 6 - Lecture 6 Cyclic Epics Two main cycles of epics...

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Lecture 6 09/17/2009 Cyclic Epics Two main cycles of epics- Trojan and Thebian epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey did not stand alone. Trojan cycle spans the marriage of Peleus and Thetis (Achilles’s parents) to the death of Odysseus. The later epics are all literary works, they were written down first, and they do not belong to oral culture and lend themselves to mediation between oral and written. The loss of the Thebian cycle is enormous, these texts were just as important but are not preserved to us. Post-cyclic epics Two different categories: mythic (legends) and historical (tell of historical events, i.e. Alexander the Great). Many of the historical epics are written as propaganda, often with a national bias. The post-cyclic tradition is often complex and harder to read because it has writers who want to show a scholarly familiarity with the Classical works associated with the Greeks.
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Lecture 6 - Lecture 6 Cyclic Epics Two main cycles of epics...

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