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Epic InteractionsPerspectives on Homer, Virgil, and the Epic Tradition Presented to Jasper Griffin by Former Pupils$
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M. J. Clarke, B. G. F. Currie, and R. O. A. M. Lyne

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276301

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276301.001.0001

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Homer and the Early Epic Tradition

Homer and the Early Epic Tradition

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Epic Interactions

Bruno Currie

Oxford University Press

This chapter seeks to establish what kind of interaction was possible between the Homeric poems and other early Greek epics. The question is crucially affected by the recognition that the early Greek epic tradition is oral-derived traditional poetry. It seems obvious that we must judge the interaction of the early Greek epic poems by different standards from the interaction of, say, Virgil's Aeneid with the epics that preceded it; but just how different will be a theme of the chapter. The question cannot be addressed without considering the relationship between the Homeric epics and the poems of the Epic Cycle, and the difference between an oral poetics and the literary criticism of a written poem: two themes with which Jasper Griffin is particularly associated.

Keywords:   Homer, Homeric poems, early Greek epics, Aeneid, Epic cycle

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