Text and intertext in Greek epic and drama: Essays in honor of Margalit Finkelberg

Jonathan J. Price*, Rachel Zelnick-Abramovitz

*Corresponding author for this work

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This collection presents 19 interconnected studies on the language, history, exegesis, and cultural setting of Greek epic and dramatic poetic texts ("Text") and their afterlives ("Intertext") in Antiquity. Spanning texts from Hittite archives to Homer to Greek tragedy and comedy to Vergil to Celsus, the studies here were all written by friends and colleagues of Margalit Finkelberg who are experts in their particular fields, and who have all been influenced by her work. The papers offer close readings of individual lines and discussion of widespread cultural phenomena. Readers will encounter Hittite precedents to the Homeric poems, characters in ancient epic analysed by modern cognitive theory, the use of Homer in Christian polemic, tragic themes of love and murder, a history of the Sphinx, and more. Text and Intertext in Greek Epic and Drama offers a selection of fascinating essays exploring Greek epic, drama, and their reception and adaption by other ancient authors, and will be of interest to anyone working on Greek literature.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon- New York
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages392
ISBN (Electronic)9780429658792
ISBN (Print)0367110636, 9780367110635, 9780429024573
StatePublished - 2021

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Homer -- Criticism and interpretation
  • Epic poetry, Greek -- History and criticism
  • Greek drama -- History and criticism
  • Greek literature -- History and criticism


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