The epic style has at its middle fascination and horror at viewing loss of life. Epic heroes have lively visible strength, but develop into items, changed into monuments, watched by means of major audiences: the gods above and the ladies at the sidelines. This stimulating and bold research investigates the subject matter of imaginative and prescient in Greek and Latin epic from Homer to Nonnus, bringing the perimeters of epic into discussion with the main celebrated moments (the visible war of words of Hector and Achilles, the failure of Turnus' gaze), revealing epic as either significant statement of authority and fractured illustration. It demonstrates the complexity of epic buildings of gender: from Apollonius' Medea toppling Talos with in basic terms her eyes to Parthenopaeus as item of hope. On show are the vertical gaze of the gods, mortal responses, prophets as penetrative audience and rape sufferers, ecphrasis as objectification, ladies at the partitions staring at sidelong, heroic our bodies fragmented and fetishized.
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