Structures of Epic Poetry (Epische Bauformen), Compendium in four volumes; De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston 2019

Volume I: Foundations                                                                                                               © De Gruyter

Christiane Reitz and Simone Finkmann, Introduction | 1


Part I: Theories of epic

Philip Hardie, Ancient and modern theories of epic | 25

Joseph Farrell, The narrative forms and mythological materials of classical epic | 51

Egbert Bakker, Learning the epic formula | 81

Robert Kirstein, Andreas Abele, Hans-Peter Nill, Narratology and classical epic | 99

Christiane Reitz, Epic and rhetoric | 115

Gregor Bitto, Alexandrian book division and its reception in Greek and Roman epic | 133


Part II: Classification and genre

Annemarie Ambühl, Intergeneric influences and interactions | 167

Jason Nethercut, History and myth in Graeco-Roman epic | 193

Abigail Buglass, Giulia Fanti, Manuel Galzerano, Didactic and epic: origins, continuity, and interactions | 213

Alison Sharrock, Ovid’s Metamorphoses: the naughty boy of the Graeco-Roman epic tradition | 275

Silvio Bär and Elisabeth Schedel, Epic fragments | 317

Simone Finkmann, Narrative patterns and structural elements in Greek epyllia | 357

Nicola Hömke, Epic structures in classical and post-classical Roman epyllia | 443


Part III: Core structures

Claudia Schindler, The invocation of the Muses and the plea for inspiration | 489

Andrew Zissos, Closure and segmentation: endings, medial proems, book divisions | 531

Heinz-Günther Nesselrath, ‘Almost-episodes’ in Greek and Roman epic | 565

Anke Walter, Aetiology and genealogy in ancient epic | 609

Christiane Reitz, Cédric Scheidegger Lämmle, Katharina Wesselmann, Epic catalogues | 653

Ursula Gärtner and Karen Blaschka, Similes and comparisons in the epic tradition | 727

Stephen Harrison, Artefact ekphrasis and narrative in epic poetry from Homer to Silius | 773


Volume II: Configuration

Part I: Battle scenes

Christiane Reitz and Simone Finkmann, 
Battle scenes in ancient epic – a short introduction | 3

Christiane Reitz, 
Arming scenes, war preparation, and spoils in ancient epic | 13

Claire Stocks, 
Simply the best? Epic aristeiai | 39

Joy Littlewood, 
Single combat in ancient epic | 77

Jan Telg genannt Kortmann
, Mass combat in ancient epic | 111

Hans-Peter Nill
, Chain-combats in ancient epic | 159

Marco Fucecchi, 
Teichoscopies in classical and late antique epic | 207

Martin Dinter, Simone Finkmann, and Astrid Khoo, Nyktomachies in Graeco-Roman epic | 245

T. J. Bolt
, Theomachy in Greek and Roman epic | 283

Thomas Biggs
, Naval battles in Greek and Roman epic | 317

Thomas Biggs
, River battles in Greek and Roman epic | 355

Paul Roche, 
Flight, pursuit, breach of contract, and ceasefire in classical epic | 391

Helen Lovatt, 
Epic games: structure and competition | 409

Martin Dinter
, Death, wounds, and violence in ancient epic | 447

Antony Augoustakis, Stephen Froedge, Adam Kozak, and Clayton Schroer, Death, ritual, and burial from Homer to the Flavians | 483


Part II: Journeys and related scenes

Christiane Reitz and Simone Finkmann, Epic journeys and related scenes – a short introduction | 3

François Ripoll, Arrival and reception scenes in the epic tradition from Homer to Silius | 13

Anja Bettenworth, Banquet scenes in ancient epic | 55

François Ripoll, Scenes of departure by sea in the epic tradition from Homer to Silius | 89

Thomas Biggs and Jessica Blum, Sea-storms in ancient epic | 125


Part III: Time

Christiane Reitz and Simone Finkmann, Time in ancient epic – a short introduction | 171

Otta Wenskus, Time in Greek epic | 183

Anja Wolkenhauer, ‘Time as such’: chronotopes and periphrases of time in Latin epic | 215


Part IV: Space

Robert Kirstein, An introduction to the concept of space in ancient epic | 245

Torben Behm, Cities in ancient epic | 261

Andreas Fuchs, Landscapes in Greek epic | 303

Torben Behm, Landscapes in Latin epic | 325

Markus Kersten, Mythical places in ancient epic | 361

Markus Kersten, Abodes of the gods in ancient epic | 409

Christiane Reitz, Abodes of the dead in ancient epic | 433


Part V: Communication

Christiane Reitz and Simone Finkmann, Principles of communication in Greek and Roman epic – a short introduction | 471

Martin Dinter and Astrid Khoo, Messenger scenes in Greek epic | 481

Simone Finkmann, Messenger scenes in Roman epic | 501

Astrid Khoo, Dream scenes in ancient epic | 563

Deborah Beck, Prophecies in Greek epic | 597

Simone Finkmann, Christiane Reitz, Anke Walter, Prophecies in Roman epic | 615

Christiane Reitz, Apparition scenes in ancient epic | 685

Christiane Reitz, Divine council scenes in ancient epic | 719

Simone Finkmann, Necromancies in ancient epic | 747


Volume III: Continuity

Christiane Reitz and Simone Finkmann, The origin, tradition, and reinvention of epic structures – a short introduction | 1

Johannes Haubold, Poetic form and narrative theme in early Greek and Akkadian epic | 7

Simon Zuenelli, The transformation of the epic genre in Late Antiquity | 25

Berenice Verhelst, Greek biblical epic: Nonnus’ Paraphrase and Eudocia’s Homerocentones | 53

Christoph Schubert, Between imitation and transformation: the (un)conventional use of epic structures in the Latin biblical poetry of Late Antiquity | 79

Martin Bažil, Epic forms and structures in late antique Vergilian centos | 135

Kristoffel Demoen and Berenice Verhelst, The tradition of epic poetry in Byzantine literature | 175

Wim Verbaal, Medieval epicity and the deconstruction of classical epic | 211

Christian Peters, Narrative structures in Neo-Latin epic from 1440 to 1500 | 257

Florian Schaffenrath, Narrative structures in Neo-Latin epic: 16th–19th century | 301

Matteo Romanello, Experiments in digital publishing: creating a digital compendium | 331


Responsible Editors (De Gruyter): Katharina Legutke, Torben Behm; Typesetting: Eric Naujoks, Dr. Jörn Kobes; Digital Index, APP, API: Dr. Matteo Romanello