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dc.contributor.authorGreensmith, Emma
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-26T15:31:43Z
dc.date.available2018-02-26T15:31:43Z
dc.date.issued2018-10-20
dc.date.submitted2018-02-23
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/273555
dc.description.abstractThe thesis has been written as part of the AHRC collaborative research project Greek Epic of the Roman Empire: A Cultural History. This project seeks to give the first cultural-historical analysis of the large, underexploited corpus of Greek epic poetry composed in the transformative period between the 1st and the 6th centuries C.E. The thesis focuses on questions of literary identity in one of the most challenging texts from this corpus, the Posthomerica by Quintus of Smyrna (c. 3rd century C.E.). My central contention is that Quintus’ mimicry of Homer represents a radically new formative poetics, suggesting a cultural movement towards mimesis, necromancy and close encounters with the past. After a detailed study of what I term the reanimating culture of imperial Greece (chapter 1), and a comprehensive reanalysis of the compositional techniques of the text (chapter 2), I identify a number of tropes of poetic identity from different ancient literary modes: programmatic proems (chapter 3), memory (4), filiation (5) and temporality (6). I show how Quintus co-opts these themes for his new poetics, to turn the symbolic toolkit of contrast imitation into a defence of writing inter-Homeric epic. This analysis insists on rethinking the nature of the relationship between the poetry of this era and that of previous aesthetic traditions: particularly, I argue against a view of the Posthomerica as Alexandrian, and see it instead pushing back against the Callimachus school of small, new poetry. Ultimately, the thesis aims to show how the Posthomerica could be pivotal for unpinning current critical assumptions about imperial Greek poetry; revealing a palpable shift in tone in the construct of the literary self.
dc.description.sponsorshipAHRC funded research project Greek Epic of the Roman Empire: A Cultural History. PI: Prof Tim Whitmarsh
dc.language.isoen
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dc.subjectImperial Greek Epic
dc.subjectQuintus Smyrnaeus
dc.subjectQuintus of Smyrna
dc.subjectGreek Literature
dc.subjectEpic
dc.subjectHomer
dc.subjectReception of Homer
dc.subjectCultural History
dc.subjectThird Century C.E.
dc.subjectThird Century A.D.
dc.subjectImpersonation
dc.subjectPseudepigrapha
dc.subjectLiterary Annonymity
dc.subjectMimesis
dc.subjectSecond Sophistic
dc.subjectTemporality
dc.subjectCallimachus
dc.subjectAlexandrian
dc.subjectMemory
dc.subjectFiliation
dc.subjectProgrammatic
dc.subjectPoetics
dc.subjectProem
dc.subjectMetapoetics
dc.subjectLiterary Identity
dc.titleHomer in the Perfect Tense: The Posthomerica of Quintus Smyrnaeus and the Poetics of Impersonation
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cambridge
dc.publisher.departmentClassics
dc.date.updated2018-02-26T14:25:07Z
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.20629
dc.publisher.collegePeterhouse
dc.type.qualificationtitlePhD in Classics
cam.supervisorWhitmarsh, Tim
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2019-02-26


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