Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Greensmith, Emma, author

Title The resurrection of Homer in imperial Greek epic : Quintus Smyrnaeus' Posthomerica and the poetics of impersonation / Emma Greensmith, University of Oxford
Published Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020
Online access available from:
ProQuest Ebook Central    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (xi, 388 pages)
Series Greek culture in the Roman world
Summary "This book offers a radically new reading of Quintus' Posthomerica , the first account to combine a literary and cultural-historical understanding of what is the most important Greek epic written at the height of the Roman Empire. In Emma Greensmith's ground-breaking analysis, Quintus emerges as a key poet in the history of epic and of Homeric reception. Writing as if he is Homer himself, and occupying the space between the Iliad and the Odyssey, Quintus constructs a new 'poetics of the interval'. At all levels, from its philology to its plotting, the Posthomerica manipulates the language of affiliation, succession and repetition not just to articulate its own position within the inherited epic tradition but also to contribute to the literary and identity politics of imperial society. This book changes how we understand the role of epic and Homer in Greco- Roman culture - and completely re-evaluates Quintus' status as a poet"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Based on the author's dissertation (doctoral)--University of Cambridge, 2017
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 09, 2020)
Subject Quintus, Smyrnaeus, active 4th century. Posthomerica
Homer -- Appreciation -- Rome
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020014746
ISBN 9781108907200