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Post  tayarlin on Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:23 pm

What other readings are out there that are similar to The Iliad and The Odyssey?

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Post  Erodius on Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:03 pm

The Argonautika of Apollonios of Rhodes is another, though later, Greek epic, which is in many ways similar to the Homeric epics in its narration of a heroic voyage, although it is quite different in some other respects.

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-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

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All hear, none aid you, and few understand."
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Post  tayarlin on Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:46 pm

Thank you!

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Post  J_Agathokles on Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:16 am

There is also the incredibly long Dionysiaka, which is twice as long as the Iliad and the Odyssee combined. It was written by a Nonnos of Panopolis in late Roman times. He's a bit of a strange character though, on one hand he wrote this incredible epic in dactylic hexameter, and on the other hand we have information that seems to suggest he later became bishop of Panopolis.

I haven't read it myself though.

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Post  Linda on Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:17 pm

I'd check the Athenian plays as well, the ones by of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. Either as a read or, if you have the chanse to really watch them!
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Post  tayarlin on Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:00 pm

What about the works by Hesiod? They seem interesting through the description on Amazon.

I have a play Bacchae from Euripides on my iPod, I enjoy that one!

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Post  Erodius on Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:29 pm

tayarlin wrote:What about the works by Hesiod? They seem interesting through the description on Amazon.

I have a play Bacchae from Euripides on my iPod, I enjoy that one!


Hesiod is pretty much an essential read for anyone engaging with Classical myth and religion, and even for Western Literature in general.

In my high-school introductory English class, the fundamentals we had to read and achieve familiarity with were Hesiod, Homer, the Bible, and Shakespeare.

Hesiod's Theogony and the Works & Days are a quick and crucial read. They can easily be finished in a weekend, or if you're a fast reader, in a single afternoon. You also, as a bit of advice, shouldn't have to pay more than a few dollars for a hard copy, and you can read older translations for free online.

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-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

"Having come for punishment, one must be punished. One must not pull apart the god within oneself."
-Iamblichus, Vita Pythagorica

"Truth would you teach, or save a sinking land,
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-Alexander Pope


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