Epic and History
December 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Notes on Contributors.
Introduction (David Konstan and Kurt Raaflaub).
Maybe Epic: The Origins and Reception of Sumerian Heroic Poetry (Piotr Michalowski).
Historical Events and the Process of Their Transformation in Akkadian Heroic Traditions (Joan Westenholz).
Epic and History in Hittite Anatolia: In Search of a Local Hero (Amir Gilan).
Manly Deeds: Hittite Admonitory History and Eastern Mediterranean Didactic Epic (Mary Bachvarova).
Epic and History in the Hebrew Bible: Definitions, "Ethnic Genres," and the Challenges of Cultural Identity in the Biblical Book of Judges (Susan Niditch).
No Contest between Memory and Invention: The Invention of the Paṇḍava Heroes of the Mahabharata (James Fitzgerald).
From "Imperishable Glory" to History: The Iliad and the Trojan War (Jonas Grethlein).
Historical Narrative in Archaic and Early Classical Greek Elegy (Ewen Bowie).
Fact, Fiction, and Form in Early Roman Epic (Sander Goldberg).
The Song and the Sword: Silius’ Punica and the Crisis of Early Imperial Epic (Raymond D. Marks).
The Burden of Mortality: Alexander and the Dead in Persian Epic and Beyond (Olga Merck Davidson).
Slavic Epic: Past Tales and Present Myths (Susana Torres Prieto).
Historicity and Anachronism in Beowulf (Geoffrey Russom).
The Nibelungenlied - Myth and History: A Middle High German Epic Poem at the Crossroad of Past and Present, Despair and Hope (Albrecht Classen).
Medieval Epic and History in the Romance Languages (Joseph Duggan).
Roland's Migration from Anglo-Norman Epic to Royal French Chronicle History (Michel-André Bossy).
A Recurrent Theme of the Spanish Medieval Epic: Complaints and Laments by Noble Women (Mercedes Vaquero).
History in Medieval Scandinavian Heroic Literature and the Northwest European Context (Robert Fulk).
Traditional History in South Slavic Oral Epic (John Miles Foley).
Lord Five Thunder and the Twelve Eagles and Jaguars of Rabinal Meet Charlemagne and the Twelve Knights of France (Dennis Tedlock).
History, Myth, and Social Function in Southern African Nguni Praise Poetry (Richard Whitaker).
Epic and History in the Arabic Tradition (Dwight Reynolds).