A. Ancient origins
While the works of Homer (Iliad, Odyssey) were almost completely forgotten in Western Europe in the Middle Ages, the Latin E.s of Virgil (Aeneid), Lucan (Bellum civile/Pharsalia) and Statius (Thebaid, Achilleid) never disappeared from view. Moreover, E. poetry flourished in medieval popular culture. Like Homeric poetry, popular E. was usually only recorded in written form following a long phase of oral transmission. Medieval society celebrated itself and its past in legends and stories of historical events and heroic deeds, as told in Beowulf, the Nibelungen…
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Ciccolella, Federica (College Station, Texas),
Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism
, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014).
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