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StudeerSnel wordt niet gesponsord of ondersteund door een hogeschool of universiteit Classical Epic – The Iliad CLASSICAL EPIC (University of Aberdeen) Gedownload door murat bahad?r kay?han ([email protected]) lOMoARcPSD|6482078
Classical Epic – The Iliad, Week 1 Long Narratve Poem Serious subject-mater, story usually of great importance to a naton, dealing with kings or wars Elevated style (grand/lofy); regarded as highest genre of poetry – respected form of poetry (though not fashionable genre to write in nowadays) High social status of characters Wars – defning episodes of a natonal history Poets writng in epic form view themselves as imitators of earlier epics – to imitate is to change creatvely, to remind of what has gone before to explore how a present viewpoint can improve upon it – imitaton does not necessarily mean bad/dull or uncreatve – agonistc way of writng Date of compositon is uncertain: range from C9th C7th BCE Greek alphabet (and technology of writng) reaches Greece mid C8th BCE

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