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Greek Epic Poetry

Greek Epic Poetry: Was is academic or entertainment?

Chloe Brisson

on 11 May 2011

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Transcript of Greek Epic Poetry

Greek Epic Poetry An introduction to the entertainment and academic influence of epic poetry. The Great Poets: What is Epic Poetry? Homer Hesiod Ovid An epic (from the Ancient Greek adjective (epikos), from (epos) "word, story, poem") is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily concerning a serious subject containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation. Often considered as one of the greatest ancient poets Wrote "The Illiad" and "The Odyssey" Lived around 850 Bc Lived in the 8th century BCE around the same time, or shortly after Homer Refers to himself as a farmer in Boeotia, a region of central Greece which is the only information we have about him The only complete works are: "Works and Days" and the "Theogony" The only other text we have is the first few lines of "The Shield of Hercules" Lived from 43 BCE to 18 CE Masterpiece was "Metamorphoses" Was exiled due to the fact that he made fun of conventional love poetry Lived around 850 Bc The Odyssey and many other Greek Epics were familiar houshold words. People looked to the grat epics for advice when they were struggling and needed encouragement and inspiration. Milman Parry An American Scholar who worked at Harvard as an assistant professor He worked in Paris looking at Homer's texts. He wanted to understand what sort of poet composed the poems he was reading and how Homer worked. Parry found that Homer used epithets to fit the meter of the text. The meter is what determines whether Achilles is "brilliant" or "swift footed". Were Greek epics vauled when they were written? An overview:
Great Poets: Homer , Hesiod, and Ovid
American Philosiphor Milman Parry
Importance in Greek Culture What is it?
Who wrote it?
Who read it? THE END
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