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In: Between Orality and Literacy: Communication and Adaptation in Antiquity
Volume 2 of the Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic presents seven articles. Contributors explore the poetry of Homer, Hesiod, and Empedocles, investigate the nature of formulaic language, reveal Greek tragedy’s connections with epic, and study the characters of Ganymede and Hekamede. This diverse collection will be of interest to all students and scholars of ancient Greek epic.

Contributors are: Joel P. Christensen, Xavier Gheerbrant, Ahuvia Kahane, Lynn Kozak, Bruce Louden, Sheila Murnaghan, Polyxeni Strolonga.
Volume 4 of the Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic presents five articles on the Iliad and the Odyssey and one on the history of Homeric scholarship. Contributors look to the Ancient Near East, to medieval Japan, and to contemporary conceptual metaphor theory; they explore the interpretations of ancient readers and the contests of modern scholarship. This diverse collection will be of interest to all students and scholars of ancient Greek epic.

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The Odyssey ends with a battle between Odysseus’s household and the suitors’ relatives. This article first defamiliarizes the presence and course of the battle by reviewing relevant mythographic and folkloristic comparanda. It then argues that the battle makes two important contributions to the return of the Odyssey’s Odysseus.

In: Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic Online
The fifth volume of the Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic comprises five articles on epics dating from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period. Contributors move from the Iliad to the Odyssey to fragmentary epic and finally to Apollonius’s Argonautica. Well-known episodes receive innovative new interpretations, and hitherto overlooked items receive the attention they deserve.
The Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic is the sole annual publication devoted exclusively to the study of Ancient Greek epic. The Yearbook provides a platform for cutting-edge, synthetic research on Ancient Greek epic from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity (fifth century CE). The Yearbook comprises articles through a process of double blind peer review and also includes special issues, dedicated to one particular topic. The print version is published as a book series. The journal is published online only, and as a hardback yearbook. For more information on the print version, please click here.
Volume 3 of Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic explores interconnections between the Odyssey and the Nostoi and the Telegony of the Epic Cycle, a collection of lost early Greek epics. The Odyssey is situated between the narrative time of the two Cycle poems, with the Nostoi narrating the returns of heroes after the Trojan War and the Telegony narrating Odysseus’s adventures after his return to Ithaca. The six articles that follow the introduction compare and contrast the three epics, employing different methodologies and reaching divergent conclusions. Topics include pre-Homeric mythological traditions, the potential for intertextuality between orally performed epics, and the flexible boundaries of early epics.
In: Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic Online