The Artistry of the Homeric Simile

The Artistry of the Homeric Simile

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The similes in Homer are treasure troves. They describe scenes of Greek life that are not presented in their simplest form anywhere else: landscapes and seascapes, storms and calm weather, fighting among animals, civic disputes, athletic contests, horse races, community entertainment, women involved in their daily tasks, men running their farms and orchards. These basic paratactic additions to the narrative show how the Greeks found and developed parallels between two scenesa€”each of which elucidated and interpreted the othera€”then expressed those scenes in effective poetic language. In The Artistry of the Homeric Simile, Scott explores the variations and modifications that Homer employs in order to make similes blend expressively with the larger context. This engaging study will help unlock the richness of Homer for the modern reader.A Structural Analysis of the Digressions in the Iliad and the Odyssey. ... The Homeric Formula and the Problem of Its Transmission. ... 2002. The Iliad as Politics: The Performance of Political Thought. Norman. Hampe, R. 1952. Die Gleichnisse Homers und die Bildkinst seiner Zeit. Tubingen. Hansen, W. F. 1972. The Conference Sequence, Patterned Narration and Narrative Inconsistency in the Odyssey.

Title:The Artistry of the Homeric Simile
Author:William Clyde Scott
Publisher:Dartmouth College Press - 2009


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