Lecture 13 - Lecture 13 10/15/09 Epics Epics are mostly in...

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Lecture 13 10/15/09 Epics Epics are mostly in high style . (Satires usually apply low style. Only much later in history that middle style emerged.) Tragedies are also in high style. Virgil wants to separate himself by writing epics. Adoption of certain cultural aspects from the Hellenistic World and takes them in Roman terms. Homer is the touchstone to understand Western tradition of heroism. Epic warrior codes, national patriotism and other traits of Homeric influence can be found in various Western arts. The term “epic” in modern days usually refers to the narrative, grand scale or significance. Nevertheless, “epic” is originated from Homeric epics. Ennius- wrote Annals, which is a history of the Roman Empire. The epics that were written back then were separated into 2 categories, mythic and historic. Ovid’s Metamorphisis is a foundational epic that people know and understand as a benchmark of western writing, it is a great reference for further reading about epics. The Aeneid
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course EUR 101 taught by Professor Westphalen during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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Lecture 13 - Lecture 13 10/15/09 Epics Epics are mostly in...

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