This book offers a radically new reading of Quintus' Posthomerica, the first account to combine a literary and cultural-historical
understanding of what is the most important Greek epic written at the height of the Roman Empire. In Emma Greensmith's ground-breaking
analysis, Quintus emerges as a key poet in the history of epic and of Homeric reception. Writing as if he is Homer himself,
and occupying the space between the Iliad and the Odyssey, Quintus constructs a new 'poetics of the interval'. At all levels,
from its philology to its plotting, the Posthomerica manipulates the language of affiliation, succession and repetition not
just to articulate its own position within the inherited epic tradition but also to contribute to the literary and identity
politics of imperial society. This book changes how we understand the role of epic and Homer in Greco-Roman culture - and
completely re-evaluates Quintus' status as a poet.