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Martin West is internationally known as one of the outstanding Classical scholars of our time, and one of the most prolific.Hellenicais a three-volume selection of ninety or so of his more notable papers relating to Greek literature and thought. This first volume,Epic, contains thirty essays, including two previously unpublished. It is devoted to early epic, from its Mycenaean and pre-Mycenaean roots to its later manifestations in the Homeric Hymns and the poetry ascribed to Eumelus of Corinth. There are pieces on the myths of Helen and the Trojan War, on the transition from oral to written epic, and on the relationship of theIliadandOdysseyto other lost poems. Spanning forty years of scholarship, the collection as a whole presents a powerful and coherent individual vision of the emergence of heroic epic in the archaic age of Greece. The second and third volumes, to appear at yearly intervals, will contain papers on the lyric poets, tragedy, philosophy, music, metre, and other miscellaneous topics. Each volume will contain a preface, an index, and a full list of the author's other writings relating to the areas in question.
M. L. West was a Fellow and Praelector at University College, Oxford, from 1963 to 1974, then Professor of Greek at Bedford College and Royal Holloway Colleges, London, till 1991, and a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, from 1991 to 2004. He continues to live and work in Oxford.
Table of Contents
Preface Abbreviations 1. A New Epode of Archilochus 2. Archilochus and Telephos 3. The Date of Alcman 4. Burning Sappho 5. The New Sappho 6. Alcaeus' Brother 7. Phocylides 8. Stesichorus 9. Stesichorea 10. Simonides Redivivus 11. Pindar as a Man of Letters 12. The Chronology of Early Attic Tragedy 13. The Religious Interpretation of Myth in Aeschylus 14. Zeus in Aeschylus 15. King and Demos in Aeschylus 16. Colloquialism and Naive Style in Aeschylus 17. Where Eagles Dare: The Parodos of the Agamemnon 18. On Garvie s Choephori 19. Iliad and Aethiopis on the Stage: Aeschylus and Son 20. The Prometheus Trilogy 21. Ancestral Curses 22. Euripides' Critique of Aeschylus: Electra 518-46 23. Author's Afterthoughts in Orestes 24. The End of Iphigeneia in Aulis 25. A Vagina in Search of an Author 26. A New Musical Papyrus: Carcinus Medea 27. The Song of Arion the Dolphin-rider (PMG 939) 28. Corinna 29. Who's Afraid of Dating Corinna? 30. The Epidaurian Hymn to the Mother of the Gods 31. The Anacreontea Supplementary list of publications relating to lyric and drama Indexes Greek Words and Forms Passages General