Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Epic
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A. Ancient origins

While the works of Homer (Iliad, Odyssey) were almost completely forgotten in Western Europe in the Middle Ages, the Latin E.s of Virgil (Aeneid), Lucan (Bellum civile/Pharsalia) and Statius (Thebaid, Achilleid) never disappeared from view. Moreover, E. poetry flourished in medieval popular culture. Like Homeric poetry, popular E. was usually only recorded in written form following a long phase of oral transmission. Medieval society celebrated itself and its past in legends and stories of historical events and heroic deeds, as told in Beowulf, the Nibelungen…

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Ciccolella, Federica (College Station, Texas), “Epic”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004861>
First published online: 2015



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