This collection presents 19 interconnected studies on the language, history, exegesis, and cultural setting of Greek epic and dramatic poetic texts ("Text") and their afterlives ("Intertext") in Antiquity.

Spanning texts from Hittite archives to Homer to Greek tragedy and comedy to Vergil to Celsus, the studies here were all written by friends and colleagues of Margalit Finkelberg who are experts in their particular fields, and who have all been influenced by her work. The papers offer close readings of individual lines and discussion of widespread cultural phenomena. Readers will encounter Hittite precedents to the Homeric poems, characters in ancient epic analysed by modern cognitive theory, the use of Homer in Christian polemic, tragic themes of love and murder, a history of the Sphinx, and more.

Text and Intertext in Greek Epic and Drama offers a selection of fascinating essays exploring Greek epic, drama, and their reception and adaption by other ancient authors, and will be of interest to anyone working on Greek literature.

part 7I|225 pages

part A|93 pages

Epic – text

chapter 2|16 pages

Formulaic diction and contextual relevance

Notes on the meaning of formulaic epithets in Iliad 1

chapter 3|15 pages

Babies in Iliad book 6

Astyanax and Dionysus

chapter 4|13 pages

Reading emotional intelligence

Antilochus and Achilles in the Iliad

chapter 5|13 pages

Two mothers

Eos and Thetis in the Aithiopis

part B|131 pages

Epic – intertext

chapter 7|16 pages

The melody of Homeric performance

chapter 8|14 pages

Helen of Troy—or of Lacedaemon?

The Trojan War and royal succession in the Aegean Bronze Age *

chapter 9|15 pages

Substitute, sacrifice and sidekick

A note on the comparative method and Homer

part 233II|95 pages

part A|57 pages

Drama – text

chapter 14|14 pages

Boughs and daggers

Reading “hand” in Aeschylus’ Suppliants and the Danaid trilogy *

part B|37 pages

Drama – intertext

chapter 18|19 pages

The sphinx

A Greco-Phoenician hybrid

chapter 19|17 pages

Inviting Socrates

The prologs of Republic and the two Symposia 1