The epics of ancient Greece and Rome are unique in that many went unfinished, or if they were finished, remained open to further narration that was beyond the power, interest, or sometimes the life-span of the poet. Such incompleteness inaugurated a tradition of continuance and closure in their reception.
Brill’s Companion to Prequels, Sequels, and Retellings of Classical Epic explores this long tradition of continuing epics through sequels, prequels, retellings and spin-offs. This collection of essays brings together several noted scholars working in a variety of fields to trace the persistence of this literary effort from their earliest instantiations in the
Odyssey of Homer to the contemporary novels of Ursula K. Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.
Robert Simms, Ph.D. (2009), University of Otago, is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo. His primary area of academic interest is in the reception and translation of classical literature in early modern England, especially epic and satire.
Contributors are: Buket Akgun, Antony Augoustakis, Neil Bernstein, Emma Buckley, Marta Cardin, Reinhold Glei, Adam Goldwyn, Nickolas Haydock, Orestes Karavas, Martha Klironomos, Kristin Lindfield-Ott, Jardar Lohne, Calum Maciver, Elizabeth Minchin, Francine Mora, Anne Rogerson, Mary Louise Von Glinski.
This volume will appeal to anyone interested in the reception and continuation of epic within the classical tradition.