Download PDF by Charles Rowan Beye: Ancient Epic Poetry: Homer, Apollonius, Virgil with a

By Charles Rowan Beye

ISBN-10: 0865166072

ISBN-13: 9780865166073

Charles Rowan Beye's severely acclaimed interpretive creation to the epic poetry and poets of historical Greece, Rome, and Assyria is right here reprinted in an accelerated moment variation with a brand new preface, new bankruptcy on Gilgamesh, and an Appendix of additional interpreting 1993-2005. for hundreds of years the beginnings of the literary historical past of the West have been outlined through the Hebrew Bible what most folk name the outdated testomony and Homer's epic poems, the Iliad and Odyssey. those texts have been as soon as naively purported to have occur in most suitable isolation both as a miracle of divine construction or the spontaneous combustion of the 'Greek genius'. The amazing circulate of phrases down over the millennia to our personal time are such a lot of generations of offspring nonetheless someway beholden to their preliminary begetters.

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Scholars have put together w h at seem s to be a reliable narrative. W hen the tablets w ere discovered roughly a century ago, they shocked the w orld because they contained a description of a great flood and a kind o f N oah figure (Utnapishtim) that closely parallel the biblical account. It seem s the A lm igh ty w a s a more prolific author than previously im agined! O f interest to classicists, how ever, are the rem arkable correspondences betw een the G ilgam esh story and the H om eric narratives.

M ythology, after all, is really nothing more than the projection onto phantom or ideal neighbors of all the behavior and attitudes the hum an psyche is capable of. In any case, H om er's audience, having had the opportunity in the course of a lifetime to hear every episode of this alm ost endless chain of story, could m ake clear sense of any chance reference. So in the ninth book of the Iliad, w h en Phoenix gives a relatively scant narration of M eleager's behavior at the time of the siege of C alyd o n , its very sketchiness suggests that the narrator has said enough to recall the story to the audience's mind.

Scholars have put together w h at seem s to be a reliable narrative. W hen the tablets w ere discovered roughly a century ago, they shocked the w orld because they contained a description of a great flood and a kind o f N oah figure (Utnapishtim) that closely parallel the biblical account. It seem s the A lm igh ty w a s a more prolific author than previously im agined! O f interest to classicists, how ever, are the rem arkable correspondences betw een the G ilgam esh story and the H om eric narratives.

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