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The Classical Epic Tradition
John Kevin Newman

Wisconsin Studies in Classics
William Aylward, Nicholas D. Cahill, and Patricia A. Rosenmeyer, Series Editors

“A massive book of great learning that sweeps over a great deal of Western literary epic tradition.”

The literary epic and critical theories about the epic tradition are traced from Aristotle and Callimachus through Apollonius, Virgil, and their successors such as Chaucer and Milton to Eisenstein, Tolstoy, and Thomas Mann. Newman’s revisionist critique will challenge all scholars, students, and general readers of the classics, comparative literature, and western literary traditions.

John Kevin Newman is professor emeritus of classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is a four-time medal winner for his original poems in Latin, and author of a number of books, including Augustus and the New Poetry, Roman Catullus and the Modification of the Alexandrian Sensibility, and Augustan Propertius: The Recapitulation of a Genre.


“This is a valuable study which will have to be taken into account by all who deal with the topics and authors treated…. The argument is thought-provoking.”
—The Classical World

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March 2003
LC: 85-012460 PN
572 pp.    6 x 9

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Paper $29.95 s
ISBN 978-0-299-10514-3
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