By Katherine Callen King
Historical Epic bargains a complete and available creation to 6 of the best historical epics – Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Apollonius of Rhodes' Agonautica.Provides an obtainable advent to the traditional epicOffers interpretive analyses of poems inside a accomplished historic contextIncludes an in depth timeline, feedback for additional readings, and an appendix of the Olympian gods and their Akkadian opposite numbers
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Ancient Epic (Blackwell Introductions to the Classical World) by Katherine Callen King