XIV - XIV Sequels and Prequels An old problem A Homer...

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Unformatted text preview: XIV. Sequels and Prequels: An old problem: A. Homer extracted these two masterpieces out of an existing corpus of myths. B. Others realized that this material could be mined profitably (they hoped to them) and exhausted every last bit of the Trojan war they could. C. The ancients called the resulting collection of writings the <1E)PIOK\OC KU/KLOC>1, but you'll find people dumb enough to call it the "Homeric Cycle," which conjures up images of Homer pedaling up and down the hills of Asia Minor, or tooling down I-95 on his BSA. (Stole that joke from Richard Armour). D. A fellow named Proclus in the 2nd A. D. did the summary of which we are now aware: 1. The prequels went WAY back: a) The Theogonia was how it all started. Hesiod was NOT in this tradition, but somebody wanted to go all the way back. b) Then there was the Titanomachia, maybe by Arctinus or Eumelus, gods vs. the titans 2. Then we get to the Trojan war proper, starting with the a) The Cypria, which someone tried to pass off as by Homer, 11 books going back to Eris and the...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course ENG enc1101 taught by Professor Topolsky during the Fall '01 term at Broward College.

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