Epic Visions. Visuality in Greek and Latin Epic and its Reception . Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013. 344 pp. Pr. $110.00 (hb). isbn 9781107039384. This volume has been long in the making, since it has its origin in a conference held in Nottingham in 2003, at which the reviewer was present. The result was worth the wait, as we now have a thoughtful introduction by the two editors and ten contributions over a broad range of subjects and perspectives, which nevertheless cover enough common ground to provide reasonable cohesion for the reader. The main aim is to present “a visual perspective on Greek and Latin epic” (1); the topics range from Homer to modern opera and film. Both editors have in other studies demonstrated their interest and expertise in the relationship between text and image. Accordingly, Lovatt’s part of the introduction summarises both the different occasions at which we may spot the visual in epic narrative, and the specifics of the epic genre. Though she has to be brief, her survey of the relationship between epic and other genres, and of the performativity of ancient literature generally, makes very instructive reading (2-13). Vout, too, starts from Homer, and
Mnemosyne – Brill
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