By Katherine Callen King
Old Epic bargains a accomplished and available creation to 6 of the best historical epics – Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Apollonius of Rhodes' Agonautica.Provides an available creation to the traditional epicOffers interpretive analyses of poems inside a complete old contextIncludes an in depth timeline, feedback for additional readings, and an appendix of the Olympian gods and their Akkadian opposite numbers
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Despite Kassandra’s warnings, the Trojans were fooled into believing that the horse was sacred to Athena and should be brought into the city. But while they were celebrating the end of the war, the Greek soldiers emerged, opened the gates to the army that had come back in the night, and proceeded to slaughter the drunk and sleeping Trojan men. Many acts of hubris occurred during the ﬁnal conquest and destruction of Troy. Neoptolemos killed Priam as he clung to the altar of Zeus. The Greek known as Locrian Ajax dragged Kassandra from Athena’s altar and raped her.
1 (Bethesda, MD, 1993). 30 THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH Analysis The introduction and appendix to Andrew George’s translation in The Epic of Gilgamesh. The Babylonian Epic Poem and Other Texts in Akkadian and Sumerian (Penguin Books, 1999), provide analysis as well as excellent historical, textual, and cultural background to the poem. Two major articles by Tzvi Abusch are worth tracking down. ” History of Religions 26, 2 (November 1986), 143–187, analyzes Ishtar’s proposal of marriage as a deceptive offer for Gilgamesh to become her consort in the Netherworld, where he would become a source of life for others but lose his own human identity.
In addition, all poets agree, it was a terrible blow to Menelaos’ heart. Menelaos enlisted Agamemnon’s help, and together they organized Helen’s former suitors to get Helen back from Troy. After they had gathered all the oath-bound kings, they also enlisted Achilles, semidivine son of Thetis and Peleus, who had been only a child at the time of Helen’s wedding. Many adventures befell the Greeks on their way to Troy, adventures that Homer generally declines to evoke: for example, Odysseus’ feigning insanity so as not to have to leave his wife and baby son; Agamemnon’s sacriﬁce of his daughter Iphigeneia to Artemis in order to get the winds to blow the ﬂeet to Troy; the sacking of Teuthrania, which was mistakenly thought to be Troy; Achilles’ magically curing a wound he gave Telephos, king of Teuthrania, in exchange for Telephos guiding them to Troy.
Ancient Epic (Blackwell Introductions to the Classical World) by Katherine Callen King