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.
Jonathan S. Burgess, Ph. D. (1995), University of Toronto, is a Professor of Classics at that university. He is the author of
The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle (2001),
The Death and Afterlife of Achilles (2009), and
Homer (2014), and he has published numerous articles on Homer and the Epic Cycle.
Jonathan L. Ready, Ph. D. (2004), University of California, Berkeley, is a Professor of Classics at Indiana University. His most recent monograph is
Orality, Textuality, and the Homeric Epics: An Interdisciplinary Study of Oral Texts, Dictated Texts, and Wild Texts (2019).
Christos C. Tsagalis, Ph. D. (1998), Cornell University, is a Professor Greek at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His most recent monograph is
Early Greek Epic Fragments 1: Antiquarian and Genealogical Epic (2017).
Contributors are: Justin Arft, Jonathan S. Burgess, Joel P. Christensen, Jonathan L. Ready, Benjamin Sammons, Kevin Solez
"In sum, then, this volume offers a range of novel perspectives on archaic Greek epic, with many rewarding contributions. The individual articles cohere remarkably well, with a number of explicit cross-references between them, and the whole is well edited despite the occasional lingering typo. Traditionally, the Iliad has received the bulk of scholarly attention in Homero-cyclic studies, but this collection highlights the riches still to be gained by exploring these issues through the lens of the Odyssey. Burgess should be heartily congratulated for pioneering this project, which will no doubt inspire further research into the shadowy connections between the epics of Homer and the Cycle." Thomas J. Nelson,
Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2020.03.32.
Preface IntroductionJonathan S. Burgess The Space of the Epigone in Early Greek EpicBenjamin Sammons Traveling with Helen: The Itineraries of Paris and Menelaus as Narrative DoubletsKevin Solez Revising Athena’s Rage: Cassandra and the Homeric Appropriation of NostosJoel P. Christensen Odysseus and the Suitors’ RelativesJonathan L. Ready The Corpse of OdysseusJonathan S. Burgess Agnoēsis and the Death of Odysseus in the Odyssey and the TelegonyJustin Arft
This collection of articles will be of interest to academic libraries, specialists in Homeric studies and ancient Greco-Roman literature, and students (graduate and undergraduate) interested in myth, literature, and the ancient world.