A Commentary on Quintus of Smyrna, Posthomerica 14

ISBN : 9780199565054

Katerina Carvounis
400 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Aug 2019
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The Posthomerica, a Greek epic by Quintus of Smyrna believed to have been written in the third century AD, tells the story of the Trojan War beginning with the events immediately following the end of the narrative of the Iliad. Valued as one of the few surviving detailed poetic accounts of this period, Book 14, the final book of the poem, covers the events that take place the day after the sack of Troy, from Helen's return to Menelaus and the sacrifice of Polyxena, to the homeward journey of the victorious Greeks, which is abruptly interrupted by a divine storm. This detailed commentary divides the text of Posthomerica 14 into smaller narrative units, introducing each with an overview of the relevant literary tradition and a discussion of Quintus' possible direct models. There follows a line-by-line commentary addressing points of literary, stylistic, lexicographic, and textual-critical interest, and providing readers with a range of notes on background and vocabulary. The aim throughout is to illuminate the main features of Quintus' poetry and to offer as full an interpretation as possible of Posthomerica 14 within its literary context and in dialogue with the earlier tradition, in particular the diction, motifs, and narrative and literary techniques of the Homeric poems and the epic tradition more generally. For readers new to the Posthomerica, the volume also includes a thorough and up-to-date introduction offering an accessible overview of the poem's content, dates, context, models, and possible sources, including both the Epic Cycle and Latin literature.


Bibliographical Note
List of Abbreviations
The contents of Q.'s PH
Q.'s dates and context
Q.'s sources and models
The end of the epic: contrasts, continuity, closure
Note on the manuscript tradition
Text and Apparatus

About the author: 

Katerina Carvounis is a Lecturer in Ancient Greek Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and was previously a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge, where she was also a Fellow of Murray Edwards College. Her main research interests include early hexameter poetry and later Greek literature, and her publications include the edited volume Signs of Life? Studies in Later Greek Poetry (Ramus vol. 37.1-2) (with Richard Lawrence Hunter; Aureal, 2008) and (in Modern Greek) An Anthology of Late Antique Poetry (with Konstantinos Spanoudakis and Nikos Litinas; e-publication, 2015).

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