euro 101 lecture 5

euro 101 lecture 5 - Lecture 5 09/13/11 Epic cycle-...

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Lecture 5 09/13/11 Epic cycle- literary tradition- oral culture turned into literary culture. It took place in 7 th century BC. There is two main themes: 1) Trojan cycle - It is best known to us. There are 6 Trojan epics that have came to us but they didn’t come to us in complete form. They are essentially fragments. Thanks to commenter, descriptions of them in ancient libraries give us the main plots. The earliest part of Trojan cycle is the (marriage of Achilles’ cycle). Trojan cycle is different from Homer. 2) Thebes cycle- all the epics have been lost. We cannot even name the titles. There were probably an equal number of epics but had to do with native Theban legends. Seemed to be an extensive cycle. Post-Cyclic epics - Cyclic is associated with the earliest of ancient Greece. It runs to about the beginning of the classical age. Rhapsodes of them continue to be done still. We associate the post-cyclic with the Classical age and some Hellenistic age rather than the gold age of Greek literature. Virgil is aware to the mythological and historical division- good for Romans when they start writing.
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course EUR 101 taught by Professor Westphalen during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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