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The Epic Circle

Allegoresis and the Western Epic Tradition from Homer to Tasso. Studies in the Epic & Romance Literature v. 4

By (author) Zdenko Zlatar
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Sep 1997
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773486437
ISBN-13: 9780773486430
Barcode No: 9780773486430
The two studies in this work were written in order to find out how the "epic circle" (Virgil, Homer, Horace, Ovid, Lucan and Dante) functioned in the Western literary tradition from Homer to Tasso. The first study seeks to show how an epic poet, in this case Divbo Franov Gunduli "read" Dante who in turn, had already "read" Virgil. The second and longer study of the two, was written to substantiate Conte's claim that "a literary work cannot exist outside this system" (allegoresis). Both studies are complementary and aim to show how a particular epic must be read within the context of the "epic circle" that it belonged to, and how this tradition was itself defined and determined by the number of texts which alone formed the "epic circle"

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