Katherine Callen King Ancient Epic

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Ancient Epic offers a comprehensive and accessibleintroduction to six of the greatest ancient epics – Homer'sIliad and Odyssey, Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid'sMetamorphoses, and Apollonius of Rhodes' Agonautica.

  • Provides an accessible introduction to the ancient epic
  • Offers interpretive analyses of poems within a comprehensivehistorical context
  • Includes a detailed timeline, suggestions for further readings,and an appendix of the Olympian gods and their Akkadiancounterparts

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By addressing such eternal themes as heroism, personalresponsibility, love, and human mortality, the ancient Greek andRoman epic poems speak to us with an urgency and relevance thattranscends the ages. Who among us does not recognize the angryidealism of Achilles, the struggles of Aeneas and long-sufferingOdysseus, or the obsessive passion of Medea? The memorableprotagonists of the ancient epics grappled with personal andpolitical issues that pervaded archaic history – just as inmodern times. And in their heroes' ambitions and imperfections wecannot help but see ourselves.

Ancient Epic offers a comprehensive and accessibleintroduction to six of the greatest ancient epics – TheEpic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey,Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Apolloniusof Rhodes's Agonautica. Each of these sweeping epics remainsa rich source of literary inspiration and holds treasured positionsin our cultural imagination. After introducing readers to theextraordinary Sumerian work that started it all, the Epic ofGilgamesh, the Greek and Roman works proceed chronologically,with individual chapters first setting each epic in its properhistorical context. Ancient Epic is a passionate homage to arich literary tradition that remains a powerful source ofinspiration for all time and all people.

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Katherine Callen King is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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