Contextualizing Quintus: The Fall of Troy and the Cultural Uses of the Paradoxical Cityscape in Posthomerica 13

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Abstract

The article argues for a reader-orientated approach to the way Quintus of Smyrna (and other Imperial Greek poetry) can be placed in their synchronic literary context. The argument has a second, more specific goal: to show how such a reorientation can offer us a sense of the cultural work performed by the text, especially in terms of the ways in which one particular episode, the fall of Troy in book 13 of the PH, models ideas about past and present, as well as Greek and Roman identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-208
JournalTransactions of the American Philological Association
Volume149
Issue number1
Early online date9 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

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