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By John Miles Foley

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A better half to historic Epic provides for the 1st time a entire, up to date review of old close to japanese, Greek and Roman epic. It bargains a multi-disciplinary dialogue of either longstanding principles and more moderen views. A better half to the close to jap, Greek, and Roman epic traditionsConsiders the interrelation among those assorted traditionsProvides a balanced evaluation of longstanding rules and more moderen views within the learn of epicShows how scholarship over the past 40 years has reworked the ways in which we conceive of and comprehend the genreCovers lately brought subject matters, corresponding to the function of girls, the background of reception, and comparability with dwelling analogues from oral traditionThe editor and participants are prime students within the fieldIncludes an in depth index of poems, poets, technical phrases, and critical figures and occasions

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1999. genre and ancient texts: Depew and Obbink 2000b. genre in practice: Bynum 1976; Bauman 1992. handbook definition and discussion: Revard and Newman 1993. Indic traditions: Blackburn et al. 1989; Flueckiger and Sears 1991; Lutgendorf 1991. native genre categories: Bauman and Sherzer 1989. poetry/prose distinction: Tedlock 1983; Fine 1984. ‘‘primitive’’ epic: Bowra 1952; critique in Farrell 1999b. transitional texts: Foley 1990, 1991; Lord 1995. 2 Defining ‘‘epic’’ in ancient Greece Aristotle: Halliwell 1986; Richardson 1992.

Reading this comment together with his further remarks on mimeˆsis, one can see, first, that Aristotle intends to use the term epopoiia more circumspectly, bringing it closer to what ‘‘epic’’ has meant since his time. ’’ But the second observation to be made – an interesting corollary – is that some of his contemporaries or predecessors were willing to elide such differences among poems as lay in content or attitude. ’’ It would most likely have included those poets (again, lost to us) whom Aristotle distinguishes from Homer on the basis of how they represented characters, whether like the norm (as did Cleophon) or worse (as did Hegemon of Thasos, the first to compose ‘‘parodies’’) (1448a13).

Thus, though starting with a purely descriptive examination of the aspects of poetic mimesis, Aristotle in the Poetics shifts into a prescriptive and critical stance. He describes only partially ‘‘tragedy’’ or ‘‘epic’’ before taking up the best way of making both. For the latter, this means that Homeric poetry eclipses any discussion of the genre as a whole, for Homer is judged best, by Aristotle, given his use of diction and ‘‘thought’’ (dianoia), of focused plots, and of plausible fictions (see Poetics 1459a17–1460a19).

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