Reinventing epic poetry. Creativity and tradition in late antique epyllia.

01 October 2015 → 31 July 2021
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Language studies
    • Literary studies
Late Antiquity meta-literarity genre studies characterization epic tradition epyllion narratology
Project description

The modern term “epyllion” refers to short narrative poetry in hexameters. This project proposes a first comprehensive study of late antique Greek and Latin epyllia. The project focusses on the generic self-presentation of these poems and aims to lay bare the mechanisms of tradition and innovation that allowed the poets constantly to reinvent the essentially “epic” genre of hexameter narrative.