The epic fragments / Dionysius ; edited with introduction, translation, and commentary by A. Benaissa (associate professor in classical languages and literture, University of Oxford, and fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford)..

Author
Dionysius (Epic poet) [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Description
xiii, 352 pages : tables ; 22 cm.

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Editor
Translator
Library of Congress genre(s)
Poetry [Browse]
Series
Cambridge classical texts and commentaries ; 56. [More in this series]
Contains
Summary note
The epic poet Dionysius, who probably flourished in the first century CE, is a key transitional figure in the history of Greek poetry, sharing stylistic and thematic tendencies with both the learned Hellenistic tradition and the monumental epic poetry of the later Roman period. His Bassarica is the earliest known poem on the conquest of India by the god Dionysus and was an important model of Nonnus' Dionysiaca. His Gigantias related the battle of the giants against the Olympian gods and legends surrounding it, with particular focus on the figure of Heracles. This is the most comprehensive edition to date of his poetry, expanding the number of fragments available and providing a more reliable text based on a fresh inspection of the papyri. The volume includes a substantial introduction contextualising the poetry, a facing English translation of the text, and a detailed linguistic and literary commentary.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents
Introduction -- Remarks on editorial conventions and the presentation of the fragments -- Sigla -- The fragments of the Bassarica : text, critical apparatus, translation -- Commentary -- Appendix. The fragments of the Gigantias.
Other title(s)
Dionysius : the epic fragments
ISBN
  • 9781107178977 ((hbk.))
  • 1107178975 ((hbk.))
OCLC
1023537896
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