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Epic cycle
(1,142 words)

(ἐπικὸς κύκλος; epikòs kýklos).

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A. Concept

‘A circle or ring of epics’. Literary historical technical term, current not ‘only after Aristotle [and] before Callimachus’ [1. 359], but already before Aristotle [4. 93-95], who in An. post. 77b 32f. (= T 1, p.1 Bernabé = T *2, p.13 Davies) appears to assume knowledge of it. Reference to a book-title Τραγικὸς κύκλος (Tragikòs kýklos; cf. Τραγῳδούμενα/Tragōidoúmena), by Isocrates' pupil Asclepiades of Tragilus (prose book retelling i…

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Latacz, Joachim (Basle), “Epic cycle”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e333210>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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