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...ave used it (the “least exploited version of the saga”) as a source for his own version of the Troy legend, to be acted on the stage. It would be a useful remedy for the problem of telling a story that was over-told, in a crowded literary tradition. Though the textual leap is hardly Homer to Chapman to Shakespeare, Chapman proves a useful source to compare Shakespeare’s treatment of Homeric themes. In fact, as Chapman’s Latin would have been far better than his Greek (a common trait, even amongst university educated classicists of the time), he relied heavily on Latin translations of Homer for his own version of the legend, resulting in his Homer having “surely, a Renaissance Latin accent.” Chapman’s debts to Spondanus, Dictys, and Dares should not be ignored, but by acknowledging their influences we can value Chapman’s Iliades as something of a cumulative source.
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