Anonymous: The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice (1644 words)

Matthew Hosty (University of Oxford)
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The Batrachomyomachia [Battle of the Frogs and Mice], hereafter BM, is an ancient Greek hexameter poem of roughly 300 lines. It is written in a pastiche of Homeric style, and derives much of its effect from the juxtaposition of a humble theme with the epic tropes and grand language of the Iliad. It was popular in antiquity, and was commonly believed to have been composed by Homer himself. It was also widely circulated during the Byzantine period, when it seems to have been used as a school text for students learning to read Greek literature. It enjoyed sufficient status that it may well have been the first work of ancient Greek poetry ever to be printed on a mechanical press, at Brescia in 1474 (…

Citation: Hosty, Matthew. "The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 August 2016 [, accessed 12 May 2021.]

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