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On the question of the "epode" which was raised in class, here is the relevant portion of the definition from Wikipedia:

Epode, in verse, is the third part of an ode, which followed the strophe and the antistrophe, and completed the movement. At a certain point in time the choirs, which had previously chanted to right of the altar or stage, and then to left of it, combined and sang in unison, or permitted the coryphaeus to sing for them all, while standing in the centre.
[Full text: Wikipedia]

Readings for Quintus of Smyrna

If you're reading ahead and would like selections from Quintus of Smyrna on The Trojan Epic, concentrate your reading on the following books for our class discussion:

Book 3: The Death of Achilles 664px-Plan_Troy-Hisarlik-en.svg
Book 5: The Contest for the Armor of Achilles
Book 7: The Arrival of Neoptolemos
Book  9: The Arrival of Philoktetes
Book 10: The Death of Paris
Book 12: The Wooden Horse
Book 13: The Sack of Troy

Here you will find a review of the text we are using in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review.

For a link and key to the map at right: Map of Troy with Legend.

On Philoctetes

 As we begin the new semester with Sophocles' Philoctetes, consider this:

Wordsworth's poem of 1827:

When Philoctetes in the Lemnian Isle Philoctetes_barry
Like a form sculptured on a monument
Lay couched; on him or his dread bow unbent
Some wild Bird oft might settle and beguile
The rigid features of a transient smile,
Disperse the tear, or to the sigh give vent,
Slackening the pains of ruthless banishment
From his loved home, and from heroic toil.
And trust that spiritual Creatures round us move,
Griefs to allay which Reason cannot heal;
Yea, veriest reptiles have sufficed to prove
To fettered wretchedness, that no Bastile
Is deep enough to exclude the light of love,
Though man for brother man has ceased to feel.

Location of Lemnos (Philoctetes):
Location of Skyros (Neoptolemos):