Epic and History

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David Konstan, Kurt A. Raaflaub
John Wiley & Sons, 27 Eki 2009 - 456 sayfa
With contributions from leading scholars, this is a unique cross-cultural comparison of historical epics across a wide range of cultures and time periods, which presents crucial insights into how history is treated in narrative poetry.
  • The first book to gain new insights into the topic of ‘epic and history’ through in-depth cross-cultural comparisons
  • Covers epic traditions across the globe and across a wide range of time periods
  • Brings together leading specialists in the field, and is edited by two internationally regarded scholars
  • An important reference for scholars and students interested in history and literature across a broad range of disciplines


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Series Editors Preface
1 Introduction
2 Maybe Epic The Origins and Reception of Sumerian Heroic Poetry
3 Historical Events and the Process of Their Transformation in Akkadian Heroic Traditions
4 Epic and History in Hittite Anatolia In Search of a Local Hero
5 Manly Deeds Hittite Admonitory History and Eastern Mediterranean Didactic Epic
6 Epic and History in the Hebrew Bible Definitions Ethnic Genres and the Challenges of Cultural Identity in the Biblic
7 No Contest between Memory and Invention The Invention of the Pandava Heroes of the Mahabharata
14 Historicity and Anachronism in Beowulf
15 The Nibelungenlied Myth and History A Middle High German Epic Poem at the Crossroads of Past and Present Despair and H
16 Medieval Epic and History in the Romance Literatures
17 Rolands Migration from AngloNorman Epic to Royal French Chronicle History
18 A Recurrent Theme of the Spanish Medieval Epic Complaints and Laments by Noble Women
19 History in Medieval Scandinavian Heroic Literature and the Northwest European Context
20 Traditional History in South Slavic Oral Epic
21 Lord Five Thunder and the 12 Eagles and Jaguars of Rabinal Meet Charlemagne and the 12 Knights of France

8 From Imperishable Glory to History The Iliad and the Trojan War
9 Historical Narrative in Archaic and Early Classical Greek Elegy
10 Fact Fiction and Form in Early Roman Epic
11 The Song and the Sword Silius Punica and the Crisis of Early Imperial Epic
12 The Burden of Mortality Alexander and the Dead in Persian Epic and Beyond
13 Slavic Epic Past Tales and Present Myths
22 History Myth and Social Function in Southern African Nguni Praise Poetry
23 Epic and History in the Arabic Tradition
24 Comments on Epic and Histoy
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David Konstan is Professor of Classics at New York University. He is the author of Friendship in the Classical World (1997), Pity Transformed (2001), The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks (2006), A Life Worthy of the Gods: The Materialist Psychology of Epicurus (2008), and Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea (2010).

Kurt A. Raaflaub is the David Herlihy University Professor and Professor of Classics and History Emeritus at Brown University. His previous works include War and Peace in the Ancient World (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (with J. Ober and R. W. Wallace, 2007), Geography and Ethnography: Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern Societies (with R. J. A. Talbert, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (with J. Arnason, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and The Greek Polis and the Invention of Democracy: A Politico-cultural Transformation and Its Interpretations (with J. Arnason and P. Wagner, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

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