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In: Quintus of Smyrna’s Posthomerica
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Tine Scheijnen
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When Hector was killed by the mighty Achilles and the Iliad came to its conclusion, many questions about the Trojan War remained yet unanswered. They have teased centuries of readership and challenged literature into providing answers. It has been my great privilege to dig deeper into one such text, epic in its resemblance to Homer but playfully younger, for my PhD project (dissertation defended in 2016, Ghent University) and now in this ensuing book publication. As Homer bestowed kleos upon Achilles and Quintus upon Homer, I would like to express my gratitude to and admiration for several people without whom I could not have completed this monograph. First and eternal thanks go to my PhD supervisor Kristoffel Demoen and my mentor Berenice Verhelst for their kind and intelligent guidance all along the way. I am also grateful to Silvio Bär, Jacqueline Klooster, Calum Maciver and Koen De Temmerman, who acted as my doctoral advisory committee and PhD jury. Their feedback has been of great value to convert my research into this publication. Two workshops on Quintus to which I was invited (London 2013 and Cambridge 2016) have proved particularly inspiring for my study. I owe thanks to their organizers and all scholars present for these valuable exchanges. Many thanks also to Brill and the anonymous peer reviewer for their help in finalizing the manuscript. The cover picture was designed by my brother Gilles Scheijnen (GS Pics). This study has been made possible by a four year PhD grant from the Special Research Fund (2012–2016) and two years’ support of the European Research Council Starting Grant Novel Saints (2016–2018; grant agreement n. 337344 under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, FP/2007–2013) at Ghent University. I have found the peace of mind to work on this story of heroic warfare in a warm academic environment, thanks to my countless Blandijn colleagues. Finally, there is home. Words alone cannot express how much the never-faltering support of my parents, siblings, grandmothers and two best friends has helped me through the years. In a world of storms and uncertainty, they are the rock I will always hold on to.

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