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Quintus of Smyrna's Posthomerica : a study of heroic characterization and heroism

Tine Scheijnen (UGent)
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Quintus of Smyrna’s Posthomerica (3rd century C.E.) is of great literary value to the field of Greek epic. It is a stylistic imitation of Homer and recounts what Iliad and Odyssey have left untold of the Trojan War. Tine Scheijnen offers the first linear study of this still little-known poem. Progressing from book 1 to 14, she focusses on key issues such as Homeric similes and characterization of heroes (especially Achilles and his son Neoptolemus). Ideologically, Quintus engages in a critical way with Homer, but possibly also Vergil, Triphiodorus and tragedy. Scheijnen’s work can be read as a thorough introduction to Quintus’ Posthomerica, while also offering new insights into Homer reception, the conception of heroes and heroism in Greek epic.
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Quintus of Smyrna, Posthomerica, Homer, epic, hero, characterization, Late Antiquity

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Scheijnen, Tine. 2018. Quintus of Smyrna’s Posthomerica : a Study of Heroic Characterization and Heroism. Vol. 421. Leiden: Brill .
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Scheijnen, T. (2018). Quintus of Smyrna’s Posthomerica : a study of heroic characterization and heroism (Vol. 421). Leiden: Brill .
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Scheijnen T. Quintus of Smyrna’s Posthomerica : a study of heroic characterization and heroism. Leiden: Brill ; 2018.
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Scheijnen, Tine. Quintus of Smyrna’s Posthomerica : a Study of Heroic Characterization and Heroism. Vol. 421. Leiden: Brill , 2018. Print.
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  author       = {Scheijnen, Tine},
  isbn         = {9789004380974},
  issn         = {22145621},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {393},
  publisher    = {Brill },
  title        = {Quintus of Smyrna's Posthomerica : a study of heroic characterization and heroism},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004380974},
  volume       = {421},
  year         = {2018},
}

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