The Trojan Epic: Posthomerica (Johns Hopkins New by Quintus of Smyrna, Alan James

By Quintus of Smyrna, Alan James

Composed within the 3rd century A.D., the Trojan Epic is the earliest surviving literary proof for plenty of of the traditions of the Trojan battle handed down from historical Greece. sometimes called the Posthomerica, or "sequel to Homer," the Trojan Epic chronicles the process the warfare after the burial of Troy's maximum hero, Hektor.Quintus, believed to were an informed Greek residing in Roman Asia Minor, incorporated a few of the war's such a lot mythical occasions: the loss of life of Achilles, the computer virus, and the destruction of Troy. yet simply because Quintus intentionally imitated Homer's language and magnificence, his paintings has been brushed aside through many students as pastiche. A bright and pleasing tale in its personal correct, the Trojan Epic is usually really major for what it finds approximately its sources—the a lot older, now misplaced Greek epics in regards to the Trojan warfare recognized jointly because the Epic Cycle. Written within the Homeric period, those poems mentioned occasions no longer integrated within the Iliad or the Odyssey. As Alan James makes transparent during this brilliant and trustworthy new translation, Quintus's paintings merits realization for its literary-historical value and its narrative energy. James's line-by-line verse translation in English finds the unique as a thrilling and eloquent story of gods and heroes, bravery and crafty, hubris and brutality. James contains a mammoth advent which locations the paintings in its literary and old context, an in depth and annotated book-by-book precis of the epic, a remark dealing almost always with assets, and an explanatory index of right names. Brilliantly revitalized by way of James, the Trojan Epic will attract a variety of readers attracted to Greek mythology and the legend of Troy. (2005)

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1940. The Treatment of Homeric Characters by Quintus of Smyrna. New York. Paschal, G. W. 1904. A Study of Quintus of Smyrna. Chicago. Schenk, P. 1997. ’’ Rheinisches Museum 140: 363–85. Schmidt, E. G. 1999. ’’ Phasis 1: 139–50. xl INTRODUCTION Schmiel, R. 1986. ’’ Phoenix 40: 185–94. Vian, F. 1954. ’’ Revue de Philologie 28: 30– 51, 235–43. ————. 1959a. Histoire de la tradition manuscrite de Quintus de Smyrne. Paris. ————. 1959b. Recherches sur les Posthomerica de Quintus de Smyrne. Paris. ————.

The Translation The text of the original Greek on which the present translation is based is approximately that of F. ≥∞ But wherever the text is uncertain or obscure, careful comparison has been made with the only subsequent edition, that of G. Pompella,≥≤ which is excessively conservative in its adherence to the manuscript texts, but occasionally it provides a text superior to Vian’s. All textual problems that a√ect the translation are stated briefly in the commentary, without linguistic details.

Don’t you see a woman far excelling men In close combat? And yet her family and her city Are nowhere near. It’s on behalf of a foreign king That she is fighting with such spirit, heedless of men, Possessed by boldness and the will to destroy. But we have various causes for sorrow close at hand. Some have sons or husbands fallen before the city; Some of us mourn our parents no longer living; Others grieve for the deaths of brothers or kinsmen. ∞≥ ∞∂ 430 435 440 445 450 455 460 465 QUINTUS, THE TROJAN EPIC Not one is without a share of sorrow and su√ering.

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