Oral Poetics: The Epic Cycle, and the Metaphor of the Chariot Wheel
In this video clip, Professor Gregory Nagy discusses the epic cycle, as a body of oral poetry, and helps us to understand how the ancient Greeks viewed their tradition of composition in performance through the metaphor of the chariot wheel, the κύκλος [kuklos, ‘circle, cycle, chariot wheel’].
- Albert Lord: Singer of Tales
- Gregory Nagy: Homeric Questions
- Gregory Nagy: Poetry as Performance: Homer and Beyond
Photo: Chariot wheel on the Parthenon Sculptures (Claudia Filos)