|Title / Titel||Quintus Smyrnaeus, commentary on "Posthomerica" book 1|
|Abstract (PDF, 14 KB)|
|Original title / Originaltitel||Quintus Smyrnaeus, Kommentar zum 1. Buch der "Posthomerica"|
|Summary / Zusammenfassung||Quintus Smyrnaeus is one of those ancient Greek authors whose works are little known and researched on, although his epic poem "Posthomerica" which came down to us as a whole is, with its more than 8700 verses, one of the most extensive works of its genre and aims to become part of the literary canon of its time by establishing a link between the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey". For a long time Quintus Smyrnaeus was looked upon by scholars as a mere and unpretentious epigone of Homer. Only recently, research has been done which deals with the "Posthomerica" on a more objective and sophisticated level and which takes into account different aspects of literature as well as linguistics and stylistics. As a result, Quintus is no longer regarded as a 'clumsy imitator' but re-established as an author who handles his Homeric model in a most creative way. However, the study of the "Posthomerica" still remains an urgent desideratum in many respects: For instance, there are, so far, commentaries on only two of the fourteen books. I intend to comment on the first book. Methodologically, I combine a philological commentary (eg textual criticism; intertextual references; [pseudo-]Homeric formulaic style; narrative structure) with a strong interpretative part (eg Quintus and the 'Second Sophistic'; iconographic influences). In order to gain deeper insight into how and according to what kind of literary principles Quintus revitalizes Homer, I want to put special focus on the phenomenon of the 'Second Sophistic' (of which Quintus forms a part) and on other related fields as, for example, classical art history.|
|Publications / Publikationen||Rezensionen/reviews in "Museum Helveticum" 62 (2005) von/of:
– Quintus of Smyrna: The Trojan Epic. Posthomerica. Translated and edited by Alan James, Baltimore/London 2004 (John Hopkins New Translations from Antiquity).
– Ursula Gärtner: Quintus Smyrnaeus und die Aeneis. Zur Nachwirkung Vergils in der griechischen Literatur der Kaiserzeit, München 2005 (Zetemata 123).
|Keywords / Suchbegriffe||Quintus Smyrnaeus, Posthomerica, Homer, Iliad/Ilias, Odyssey/Odyssee, Second Sophistic, commentary|
|Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
|Funding source(s) /
|SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung), Others
|Duration of Project / Projektdauer||Jun 2005 to May 2010|