Musaeus, Hero and Leander: Between Epic and Novel

@inproceedings{Dmmler2012MusaeusHA,
  title={Musaeus, Hero and Leander: Between Epic and Novel},
  author={Nicola D{\"u}mmler},
  year={2012}
}
In classical scholarship of the past two centuries, the term “epyllion” was used to label short hexametric texts mainly ascribable to the Hellenistic period (Greek) or the Neoterics (Latin). Apart from their brevity, characteristics such as a predilection for episodic narration or female characters were regarded as typically “epyllic” features. However, in Antiquity itself, the texts we call “epyllia” were not considered a coherent genre, which seems to be an innovation of the late 18th century… CONTINUE READING

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