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  Cycle - LoveToKnow 1911
It is this use which has given rise to the application of the term " cycle " to a series of prose or poetical romances which have for a centre one subject, whether a person, as in the Alexander, Arthurian or Charlemagne cycles, or an object, such as the ring of the Nibelungenlied.
The most important poems of the Trojan legendary cycle are the Cypria of Stasinus (q.v.); the Aethiopis and Iliou Persis (Sack of Troy) of Arctinus (q.v.); the Little Iliad of Lesches (q.v.); the Nosti of Hagias or Agias; the Telegonia of Eugammon.
To the Theban cycle belong: the Thebais or Expedition of Amphiaraus and the Epigoni of Antimachus.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Cycle   (563 words)

 Epic poetry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The epic is a broadly defined genre of poetry, and one of the major forms of narrative literature.
In the West, the Iliad, Odyssey, and the Nibelungenlied; and in the East, the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Shahnama, Epic of King Gesar, and Journey to the West are often cited as examples of the epic genre.
Invocatio (prayer to the muse [of the epic]), Prepositio (introduction of the epic's theme), Enumeratio (counting the fighting armys / heroes), In medias res (start from the middle of an event), Deus ex machina (interruption / miracle from a god), Anticipatio (prediction), and Ephiteton ornans (permanent attributes of the hero[es]).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Epic_poetry   (842 words)

 Homer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It later served as the basis of Epic Greek, the language of epic poetry, typically in dactylic hexameter.
The proof that Homer does not belong to that school, and that his poetry is not in any true sense ballad-poetry is furnished by the higher artistic structure of his poems, and, as regards style by the fourth of the qualities distinguished by Arnold, the quality of nobleness.
Like the French epics, such as the Chanson de Roland, Homeric poetry is indigenous, and by the ease of movement and its resulting simplicity, is distinguishable from the works of Dante, Milton, and Virgil.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Homer   (3502 words)

 Trojan War cycle
The Trojan War cycle, also widely known as the Epic Cycle, was a collection of eight Ancient Greek epic poems that related the history of the Trojan War.
The phrase "Epic Cycle" is sometimes used of a longer cycle that included the Titanomachy, the Theban Cycle, and the Trojan cycle, but is widely used to refer to just the Trojan cycle.
The main source for the contents of the lost epics are a complete summary known as the Chrestomathy, possibly dating to the 5th century AD (attributed, incorrectly, to the philosopher Proclus Diadochus).
www.mlahanas.de /Greeks/LX/TrojanWarCycle.html   (740 words)

 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2002.09.04
Be this as it may, as far as the nature of the relationship between the Homeric poems and the poems of the Cycle is concerned, the implications of the fact that in the Archaic Age the influence of the Homeric poems was quite limited are, as B himself admits, enormous (p.
In conclusion, B convincingly argues that the so-called non-Homeric aspects of the poems of the Cycle, such as for example their love of the exotic and the miraculous, are not necessarily post-Homeric.
It goes without saying that such an asymmetric relationship between Homer and the Cycle is difficult to explain from the standpoint of the oral approach that B ostensibly adopts, and he is perhaps wise not to pursue the issue further.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /bmcr/2002/2002-09-04.html   (1204 words)

 EDSITEment - Lesson Plan
Epic poems are more than simply a lengthy story told in poetic form, and their ability to remain accessible, relevant, and remembered over time owes a significant debt to their roots in an oral tradition and to their cyclical pattern of events.
Introduce some of the additional elements of traditional epic poems, such as the formal and florid language, their opening with an invocation, or the use of epithets (such as "fleet-footed Achilles").
Remind students that epic poems are much greater in length than fairy tales, and that certainly bards must have used mnemonic devices to aid them in their telling.
edsitement.neh.gov /view_lesson_plan.asp?id=587   (1732 words)

 Epic Cycle Interactive Brings High Technology Jobs to Downtown San Diego   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Epic Cycle successfully completed it first round of funding which secured half a million dollars that was pivotal to its rate of expansion and growth.
Established in July 1998, Epic Cycle Interactive is a privately funded technology driven service firm specializing in integrated solutions that help clients profit from the power of the Internet.
Epic Cycle uses it’s knowledge management solution (INciteTM), and uses cutting-edge technologies to build and maintain innovative, sophisticated and scalable e-business solutions.
prworld.com.ru /99x9690.html   (363 words)

 OMACL: Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns and Homerica: Fragments of the Epic Cycle
OMACL: Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns and Homerica: Fragments of the Epic Cycle
THE WAR OF THE TITANS (fragments) Fragment #1 -- Photius, Epitome of the Chrestomathy of Proclus: The Epic Cycle begins with the fabled union of Heaven and Earth, by which they make three hundred-handed sons and three Cyclopes to be born to him.
These writers have taken the story from the Epic Cycle.
omacl.org /Hesiod/epiccyc.html   (837 words)

 Action Pursuit Games - MK - Inside the ICE Epic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
An excellent recharge rate--the Epic recharges between shots at 100 milliseconds--works with a self-compensating timing that is internally set at the factory.
The development of the Epic includes very extensive field testing, including tournament use by Grizwald of Southern California at locations throughout the U.S. During these months of testing, Jim carefully logged any issues or questions with the early units, and made slight design changes to improve the Epic.
The Epic incorporates an opposed-piston, venting pressure regulator in the grip frame, for velocity adjustment that is precise and greatly reduces the potential for "hot" shots.
apg.cfw2.com /article.asp?s=APG&content_id=2496   (1156 words)

 Literary Encyclopedia: Epic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
However, the epic means much more than this, for the very word connotes a special status—a profound national or even universal relevance as well as greatness, not merely in the scope and breadth of the narrative but in its poetic merit.
The problem, however, with describing the epic in terms of its special status is that this easily becomes a prescription rather than description, a demand that poems (or, later, novels, or even films) must be good enough to be epic.
In other words, the epic as a genre demonstrates the complexity implicit in the concept of genre itself, and in the materials with which the concept attempts to deal.
www.litencyc.com /php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=343   (705 words)

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The complete epic tells the story of a hero who was relatively innocent at birth, comes of age, falls in love with something or someone, and must ultimately choose between self and the loved one, because the latter becomes threatened by a monster, a villain or the devil.
But in the complete epic cycle, providence in some form or another helps the hero to turn the tables, kill the evil enemy, rescue the endangered damsel in distress, and achieve decisive victory.
The fact that Christianity fits the heroic cycle so well may account partially for the ability of western, Greco-Roman pagans to understand it and see the Biblical story as the one, true fulfillment of their myths, in which glimmers of such a pattern can be discerned.
www.teachnarnia.com /insideheroiccyle.html   (1014 words)

The war figures centrally in Greek mythology and was narrated in a cycle of epic poems of which only two, the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer, survive intact.
One of the poets of the epic cycle had proposed a meeting between the most beautiful daughter of Zeus and the most valiant of heroes.
Paradoxically the concern to elevate Helen from the realm of sordid anecdote and restore her to an epic role, was to have the effect of casting doubt on the epic itself.
www.solarnavigator.net /trojan_horse.htm   (2190 words)

 Vernon Cycle - Epic Riding Impressions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
During the descent all 3.5" of travel were used, yet as soon as you wanted to accellerate on the flats, the Epic responded.
Due to a lower leverage ratio, shock pressures are less than average, which is good news to the bigger riders accustomed to pushing the limits of the shock to support their body weight.
Specialized has done their homework with the Epic, and it will surely prove to be a highly sought after bike.
vernoncycle.com /page.cfm?PageID=155   (526 words)

 Guggenheim Museum - Matthew Barney
The cycle unfolds not just cinematically, but also through the photographs, drawings, sculptures, and installations the artist produces in conjunction with each episode.
The cycle repeatedly returns to those moments during early sexual development in which the outcome of the process is still unknown—in Barney's metaphoric universe, these moments represent a condition of pure potentiality.
As the cycle evolved over eight years, Barney looked beyond biology as a way to explore the creation of form, employing narrative models from other realms, such as biography, mythology, and geology.
www.guggenheim.org /exhibitions/past_exhibitions/barney/introduction/index.html   (475 words)

The oldest and most prominent poem in the cycle, Garin le Loherain, depicts the bitter rivalry between two feudal houses during the reign of Pépin le Bref; succeeding branches relate the continuation of this conflict by the descendants of Garin and his enemies.
Such instances of continuation in reverse were common in the formation of epic cycles, and were a tribute to the popularity of their heroes.
cycle, it is by means of a Trojan horse ruse that Guillaume is able to defeat the Saracens and take control of the city of Mîmes.
www.luc.edu /publications/medieval/vol4/4ch8.html   (2790 words)

 Chapter 14
The fact that Pindaric song refers to epic traditions that cross over from the Homeric to the Cyclic, traditions of varying stages in the development of epic, suggests that Pindaric reference is diachronic, stretching across the span of development in epic traditions.
Whereas epic is Panhellenic, a delocalized synthesis of native traditions, the ainos purports to be both Panhellenic and local, grounding its Panhellenized truth-values in the legitimacy and authority of native traditions, which shift from city to city and which are the context for the here and now of performance.
Unlike epic, which is exclusively Panhellenic, a delocalized synthesis of native traditions, the ainos purports to be both Panhellenic and local, grounding its Panhellenized truth-values in the legitimacy and authority of native traditions, which shift from city to city and which are the context for the here and now of performance.
www.press.jhu.edu /books/nagy/PHTL/chapter14.html   (9298 words)

 Vergil's Aeneid and the Epic Cycle
The content of the Epic Cycle is valuable for accessing Greek folkloric and mythological traditions not present in Homer.
The poems of the Epic Cycle were not highly regarded in antiquity.
While it may not explain the move from Callimachean poetry to continous epic, Vergil's use of the Epic Cycle might at least be read as an acknowledgement of the strangeness of that progression and the questions it raises.
vergil.classics.upenn.edu /comm2/sources/cycle   (707 words)

 Emathia to Eretria * People, Places, & Things * Greek Mythology: From the Iliad to the Fall of the Last Tyrant
Also included in the Epic Cycle is the Theban Cycle and other fragmented references such as: the War of the Titans, the Story of Oedipus, the Thebais, the Epigoni, the Kypria (Cypria), the Aethiopis (Aithiopis), the Little Iliad, the Sack of Ilion (Troy), the Returns and Theogony.
The Epic Cycle has come down to us in fragments but it still captures the spirit and drama of the interaction of the heroes and the Immortals in shaping the Greek culture.
The Epigoni; one of the fragmentary remains of the Epic Cycle which originally described the successful assault on the city of Thebes by the sons of the Seven Against Thebes.
www.messagenet.com /myths/ppt/_e1002.html   (3309 words)

 The Tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the Epic Cycle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
In so far as there is anything approaching a scholarly consensus concerning this part of literary prehistory, we might infer from the language and diction of Homer that the tale of Troy had evolved over a long period, and from the content of Homer and the cycle that it had grown to an unwieldy length.
Nothing of this is beyond dispute, but the last point, that the cyclic poems existing in classical times were composed in the shadow of the Homeric epics, has seemed to many from ancient times onwards to be among the least disputable.
For Burgess, on the other hand, the supposed dependence of the cycle on the epics is very much to be disputed, and indeed a certain degree of scepticism is appropriate in a field where a strong will to believe is pervasive.
www.utpjournals.com /product/utq/721/721_review_hainsworth.html   (671 words)

 SonicBreakdown: Wikipedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Although the cycle may repeat upon itself and vary slightly in order from epic to epic, the general points of the cycle include:
Films related to historical events or involving historic figures such as Gandhi, Lawrence of Arabia or Schindler's List are often given the label of "epic" in pop culture.
Of course, this label is a misnomer as they are not epics by definition.
www.sonicbreakdown.com /wikiSearch.do?title=Epic   (944 words)

 The Epic of Gilgamesh Study Guide & Literature Chapter Summaries
The Epic of Gilgamesh initially caught the attention of biblical critics for its episode of the "Mesopotamian Noah," that is, the character Utnapishtim, who, like his later biblical counterpart, was warned to build a great boat and stock it with animals and his family to avoid a disastrous flood.
However, the epic is equally fascinating for the window it opens to the ancient and far-removed Sumerian and Babylonian cultures.
At the same time the Epic of Gilgamesh addresses these important metaphysical themes, it is equally a story of two friends, Gilgamesh and Enkidu, and their devotion to one another even after death.
www.bookrags.com /studyguide-epicgilgamesh   (321 words)

 Epic cycle race for Invent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Invent Infrastructure, for the second year, was contracted to supply the marquee and furniture infrastructure for the Cape Epic cycle race.
The Cape Epic starts in Knysna and finishes at Spier Estate in the winelands 7 days later.
The Cape Epic is a race that attracts cyclists for all over the world and the general consensus is that the "Epic" is one of, if not the best organised mountain bike race in the world.
www.biz-community.com /PressOffice/PressRelease.aspx?i=347&ai=6509   (195 words)

 www.cape-epic.com | registration | epic trippers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Our Epic Trippers Programme has been designed to give you access to the Epic but to also enjoy a relaxed mountain biking holiday touring the spectacularly scenic Western Cape.
Cyclists that are not part of our Epic Trippers programme may not ride the route as most of it is on private land.
Some stage towns are too small to accommodate the Epic and the Epic Trippers, and on these nights the Epic Trippers will stay in the nearest towns along the route.
www.cape-epic.com /registration/companion_registration   (521 words)

 Wilson's epic plays told of black struggle | Arizona Daily Star ®
August Wilson was a master storyteller, a playwright who fashioned his tales of the fl struggle in 20th-century America into a monumental 10-play cycle, one of the most ambitious in modern drama.
His plays were often epic, filled with rich, idiosyncratic language and memorable characters, steeped in the past, trying to survive in the present and wondering about the future.
He grapples with major themes - from the effects of slavery on those who could still remember the Civil War to a burgeoning middle-class on the cusp of the 21st century.
www.azstarnet.com /sn/printDS/96091   (782 words)

 Serbian Epic Poetry : Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The oral tradition of the epic poems continues in Serbia to this day, and in the minds of most Serbs they represent historical truth.
During the battles of World War I and the Balkan Wars which preceded it, Serb patriots invented new poems styled after the old ones, and I don’t doubt that the same thing is happening even today.
Although a few stray poems saw print earlier, it was in 1814 that Serbian epic poetry came to the attention of Europe — through the collections researched and published by Vuk Karadžić.
home.earthlink.net /~markdlew/SerbEpic   (655 words)

 DiskUs is Proud to Present: Jim Farris
The epic saga of Eddas Ayar, the Raven of Yorindar, concludes
The epic saga of Sasha, the Wench of Woe, concludes...
And thus resumes the story of Eddas Ayar, an epic saga of a man trapped in a situation he cannot escape, faced with a destiny he cannot avoid, and compelled to strive forward into a future which must remain unknown to him...
www.diskuspublishing.com /jimfarris.html   (5109 words)

 rebecca mead dot com -- An Art--House Epic
If the "Star Wars" aficionados had gained entrance to the theatre on Wednesday night, when it was taken over for a benefit screening of a new film by the artist Matthew Barney, they might have discovered much to their taste.
Like "Star Wars," Barney's film is part of an epic cycle that has been released out of order: this episode is "Cremaster 3," but "Cremaster"s 4 and 5, as well as 1 and 2, have come and gone.
"Cremaster 3" is the final episode in the movie cycle, but it was announced earlier in the day that Barney has a new project under way: Björk is expecting a baby in the fall.
www.rebeccamead.com /2002/2002_05_13_comm_epic.htm   (511 words)

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