Brill's Companion to Greek and Latin Epyllion and Its Reception by Manuel Baumbach (Editor); Silvio Bär (Editor)
Publication Date: 2012-10-12
In classical scholarship, the term "epyllion" was used for short hexametric texts mainly ascribable to the Hellenistic period or the Neoterics (Latin). Apart from their brevity, episodic narration or female characters were regarded as typical features. However, in Antiquity itself, the texts we call "epyllia" were not considered a coherent genre, which seems to be an innovation of the 18th century.