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long, narrative poem in which the central character, usually depicted as a hero of some sort, struggles against great odds—sometimes death literally—to achieve a noble end
an American scholar working in the 1920's and 1930's, who studied a type of poet called an oral bard
composed poems "orally"—that is, they made up long epic poems on the spur of the moment in front of an audience—and though it's hard to imagine such a thing today, Parry showed that it was, in fact, possible for trained poets to compose complex verse like Homer's seemingly off the cuff
(literally, "stitchers of song"), performers who recited Homeric epic before the Greek public centuries after Homer's day,
replete with the sort of detail which only countless revisions and close attention to the niceties of written style provide
The settlement where Dido and Aeneas live and fall in love. He gets there by washing up on shore. In real life, early Romans had defeated the Carthaginians and cleared the way for their conquest of the Mediterranean
Caesar's most formidable rival, lost the Battle of Pharsalus and was forced to flee to Egypt. Greeted there by people he took to be allies, he was instead ruthlessly butchered, his beheaded corpse left floating in an Egyptian tidal pool
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