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Epic Romance: Homer to Milton

Colin Burrow

Abstract

This book presents a comprehensive view of the epic tradition from Homer, through Virgil, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, and the host of minor writers who helped create the idiom within which these writers worked, to the idiom within which these writers worked, to the individual authors in historical context link to develop a powerful explanation of how and why the epic changed from Homer to Milton. The book shows how the romance hero, whose prime motives are love and pity, emerged from a sequence of reinterpretations of Homer that runs from Virgil's Aeneid and its medieval redactions to Ariosto's O ... More

Keywords: Homer, Virgil, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, idiom, epic, Milton, romance hero, heroism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198117940
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117940.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Burrow, author
University of Cambridge