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Hellenic Studies Series 62

Divine Yet Human Epics

Reflections of Poetic Rulers from Ancient Greece and India

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$22.95 • £18.95 • €20.50

ISBN 9780674726758

Publication Date: 11/17/2014


222 pages

6 x 9 inches

2 tables

Center for Hellenic Studies > Hellenic Studies Series


  • Acknowledgments
  • Note on Texts and Translations
  • Introduction: Defining Epics through Comparison
    • The Inheritance, Influence, and Independence of Epics
    • Defining Greek and Sanskrit Epics via Identity, Metaphor, and Ideals
  • 1. The Epic Identity of the Iliad and Odyssey: Pindar and Herodotus’ Lofty Legacy
    • The Iliad and Odyssey’s Single Self-Understanding
    • Pindar and Herodotus: Exegetes Identifying the Iliad and Odyssey as Epics
    • The Ongoing Elevation of the Iliad and Odyssey in the Twentieth Century
  • 2. The Epic Metaphor of the Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata: Ānandavardhana and Rājaśekhara&rsqou;s Expedient Influence
    • The Rāmāyaṇa and the Mahābhārata’s Many Self-Designations
    • Ānandavardhana and Rājaśekhara: Interpreters Unifying the Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata as Kāvyas and as Itihāsas
    • The Continuing Connection of the Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata in the Twentieth Century
  • 3. Listening to Achilles and to Odysseus: Poetic Kings on the Ideal of Kléos in the Homeric Epics
    • Achilles as a Rhapsode Far from Phthia
    • Achilles’ Rhapsodic Recitation: A Prolepsis of His Kléos of Conquest
    • Odysseus as a Bard on Scheria and Ithaca
    • Odysseus’ Bardic Compositions: Prolepses of His Kléos of Restoration
  • 4. Hearkening to Kuśa and Lava and to Nala: Poetic Monarchs on the Ideal of Dharma in the Hindu Epics
    • Kuśa and Lava as a Rhapsode Away from Ayodhyā
    • Kuśa and Lava’s Rhapsodic Recitation: A Prolepsis of Rāma’s Unhindered Dharma
    • Nala as a Bard in Ayodhyā and Vidarbha
    • Nala’s Bardic Compositions: Prolepses of Yudhiṣṭhira’s Hindered Dharma
  • Conclusion: Affirmative and Interrogative Epics
    • The Intercultural Boundaries between Greek and Indian Royal Poems
    • The Intercultural Bridges between Affirmative Epics and between Interrogative Epics
  • Bibliography
  • lndex of Sources
  • lndex of Subjects

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