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Ancient Epic: Homer andAncient Epic: Homer and VergilVergilHistory and LiteratureAncient Epic: Homer andAncient Epic: Homer and VergilVergilHistory and Literature•if histories like Herodotus’ encompass“story” along with “history,” does literaturethen do the same?•historians benefit from the study of fictionalworks in at least two ways:– literature often includes much “history”– the process of writing literature overlaps with itshistorical cousin in many respects•all in all, good history is often good “story”Ancient Epic: Homer andAncient Epic: Homer and VergilVergilHistory and Literature•two of the best creators of fiction in westernliterature are Homer and Vergil•let’s examine their works from a historian’sperspective and see what they teach us aboutwhat-really-happened-in-the-pastAncient Epic: Homer andAncient Epic: Homer and VergilVergilHomer•Quintilian: “Homer is the river from which allliterature flows.”•high quality of poetry: flashbacks, characterdevelopment, pathos•to many, he’...