Since its beginnings in antiquity, epic poetry has been valued as an encyclopedic trove of moral wisdom, practical knowledge, and scientific thought. Already the earliest Homeric scholars claimed that everything there is to know could be known from just The Iliad and The Odyssey. In the Renaissance, Ariosto, Tasso, Camões, Ercilla, Spenser, and Milton took delight in the unlimited mimetic capacity of epic and its ability to incorporate contents that belong more properly to other arts, crafts, and sciences, such as geography, theology, warfare, history, astronomy, etc. To what extent can epic convey the expertise and speak the languages of these branches of learning? How does epic offer itself as an epistemological aid to the human mind confronted with the complexities of nature and culture?
Teilnehmer sind u.a.: Colin Burrow (Oxford), Karen Edwards (Exeter), Christoph Ehland (Paderborn), Ralf Hertel (Hamburg), Bernhard Klein (Kent), Patricia Palmer (London), Lara Vilà (Girona), Anne-Julia Zwierlein (Regensburg).
- Programm der Tagung "Epic Knowledge" (223 KByte)