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- DescriptionThe epic genre has at its heart a fascination with the horror of viewing death. Epic heroes have active visual power, yet become objects, turned into monuments, watched by two main audiences: the gods above and the women on the sidelines. This stimulating, ambitious study investigates the theme of vision in Greek and Latin epic from Homer to Nonnus, bringing the edges of epic into dialogue with celebrated moments (the visual confrontation of Hector and Achilles, the failure of Turnus' gaze), revealing epic as massive assertion of authority and fractured representation. Helen Lovatt demonstrates the complexity of epic constructions of gender: from Apollonius' Medea toppling Talos with her eyes to Parthepaeus as object of desire. She discusses mortals appropriating the divine gaze, prophets as both penetrative viewers and rape victims, explores the divine authority of epic ecphrasis, and exposes the way that heroic bodies are fragmented and fetishised.
- Author BiographyHelen Lovatt is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham and her teaching includes epic and its reception. She is the author of Statius and Epic Games (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and co-editor, with Caroline Vout, of Epic Visions (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
- Author(s)Helen Lovatt
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication27/06/2013
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Weight750 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine30 mm
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