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Joseph of Exeter: Trojan WarBooks I-III$
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Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780856682940

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856682940.001.0001

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Joseph of Exeter: Trojan War
A. K. Bate, A. K. Bate
Liverpool University Press

This chapter introduces the Latin poet named Joseph of Exeter, who is considered a shadowy figure from the twelfth century despite his obvious abilities in the field of literature. It discusses Joseph's Books I to III of his epic on the Trojan War titled Ylias Daretis Phrygii or De Bello Trojano, which he composed in the first years of the 1180s. It also reviews the source material for Joseph's epic that comes from the De Excidio Troiae Historia of Dares Phrygius. This chapter explains that Book I deals with the first destruction of Troy by Hercules and his followers in retaliation for the lack of hospitality shown by King Laomedon. It covers Book II, which recounts Trojans' plans for revenge, and Book III, which contains the account of Paris' expedition to Greece and his abduction of Helen.

Keywords:   Joseph of Exeter, Trojan War, Ylias Daretis Phrygii, De Bello Trojano, Dares Phrygius

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