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Homeric Megathemes : War-Homilia-Homecoming - D.N. Maronitis

Homeric Megathemes


Hardcover Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9780739108833
Number Of Pages: 200

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In Homeric Megathemes D.N. Maronitis puts forward war, homilia, and homecoming as three themes central to Homer's two epic poems, the Illiad and the Odyssey. Branching out from each of these themes are certain semiotic and structural characteristics that determine, specific to each of the poems, myth and plot, narrative syntax, and more generally, their poetic and humanistic character. The aim of Maronitis' study is to determine and document similarities and differences in the two Homeric epics through these themes and to identify examples of them in ancient lyric poetry and Attic tragedy. Maronitis' theoretical framework gives classics scholars and literary theorists interested in poetry, history, and tragedy a social and cultural research model for thinking about the genesis and maturity of great lyric works. His comparative approach, revealing the creative debt of the Odyssey to the Iliadic model, lays bare the progression of an art form through the development of literary technique, the shifts in classical ideologies (including anthropoligical ideas about "man"), and in politics. Anyone interested in the thought of the Archaic period should read this book.

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Taken together, the essays in this book are a thematically interrelated series of incisive and meticulous forays into the poetics of the Homeric epics. Since most of them were previously available only in modern Greek and in rather inaccessible publications, we should be very grateful for their collection and translation in this volume, which an Index Locorum renders still more useful. -- James P. Holoka, Eastern Michigan University

Editor's Forewordp. ix
Preface to the Greek Editionp. xi
Preface to the English Editionp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Iliadic Warp. 11
The Space of Homilia and Its Signs in the Iliad and the Odysseyp. 29
The Theme of Conjugal Homilia in the Odysseyp. 47
The Theme of Homecoming in the Iliad: Signification-Variations-Functionp. 63
The Heroic Myth and Its Lyrical Reconstructionp. 77
Conjugal Homilia: From the Iliad to Sophocles' Ajaxp. 89
Bard-Narrator-Poet: Internal Poetics in the Odysseyp. 101
Problems of the Homeric Helenp. 117
Latent References to the Iliad in the Odysseyp. 133
Odysseus' First False Account in the Odyssey: Model and Variationsp. 147
First Publicationsp. 165
Referencesp. 167
Index of Passages Citedp. 181
About the Authorp. 185
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ISBN: 9780739108833
ISBN-10: 0739108832
Series: Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Lexington Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.55