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Provides a vivid retelling of events associated with the Trojan War subsequent to those outlined in the Iliad, but before those of the Odyssey―a very attractive way of learning about a wide range of the details associated with this most famous of all mythological legends. Dr. James is one of half a dozen of the most accomplished scholars of late Greek poetry in the world. It is especially gratifying to discover that his skill as a translator matches that of his skill as a scholar.

(Peter Toohey, University of Calgary, Alberta)

James's accessible, lively rendition of Quintus's poem deserves to alter the face of ancient epic studies... He fuses a flexible and nuanced form of the ancient hexameter rhythm with contemporary idiom. His Posthomerica includes a superb introduction, lucid commentary, bibliography, index of the occurrence of proper names, and summaries of the action of each Book... A landmark publication.

(Edith Hall Times Literary Supplement)

Amazingly, the first full-scale introduction to Quintus and his poem in English.

(Martijn Cuypers Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

This third-century CE poem―which deals with the events surrounding Homer's Iliad and Odyssey―has been unfairly neglected and even denigrated by scholars more familiar with the Homeric epics. James attempts to rectify this situation in this comprehensive book.

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Provides an excellent and accessible introduction, translation, and commentary for this neglected epic.

(Jean Alvares Classical Outlook)

Through J.'s industry and scholarship Quintus is served well in this volume, which will generate interest in the Trojan Epic and pave the way for a much-needed literary reappraisal.

(Katerina Carvounis Journal of Hellenic Studies)

Posthomerica clearly aims to be a work of scholarship.

(Robert Schmiel Mouseion: Journal of Classical Association of Canada)

About the Author

Alan James is Senior Lecturer in Classics emeritus at the University of Sydney.

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Product Details

  • Series: Johns Hopkins New Translations from Antiquity
  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (September 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801879655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801879654
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,841,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quintus was no Homer and no Virgil, but a good read just the same. Alan James translation into early 21st century English is excellent and makes the story readable for enjoyment not just as a literary duty. If you are tired of reading your classics in 18th and 19th century style this will be refreshing.
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Wow! More literature on the Trojan war that I did not know existed. By giving it 5 stars I don't mean to say it is as good as Homer, but for those of us who love Greek mythology, this book is exciting, informative and fills in many of the gaps in one volume of all that happened after the death of hector.
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I think I own & have read all the English translations of the Iliad. When I learned of this work, I didn't hesitate. While not up to Homer's quality (what is?), I enjoyed the book and recommend it.
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