Homer Beside Himself

In this book Dr Alden offers advice on how to read the Iliad through the relationship of major paradigms to the events of the main narrative.

Homer Beside Himself

Students reading the Iliad for the first time are often bewildered by the sheer volume of information on apparently unrelated subjects contained in it. The central narrative seems to unfold very slowly, and to be complicated by long speeches containing stories which might be interesting in themselves, but which seem to have no relevance to anything else. In this book Dr Alden offers advice on how to read the Iliad through the relationship of major paradigms to the events of the main narrative. The first section offers the first full-length study in English of the paradigmatic functions of secondary narratives and minor-key episodes in the Iliad. None of these are irrelevant or merely ornamental: rather each is carefully selected and altered if necessary, to reflect on significant episodes of the main narrative and act as guides to its interpretation. The second section offers a general reading of the Iliad arising out of Phoenix's advice to Achilles in Book 9. The allegory of the Prayers illustrates the dire consequences of rejecting prayers, and the paradigm of Meleager presents us with an instance of an angry hero to whom prayers and entreaties are addressed, whilst the primary narrative confines this motif of prayers and entreaties in ascending scale of affection to Achilles and Hector and contrasts their responses. Both heroes suffer terribly for their rejection of entreaties.

More Books:

Homer Beside Himself
Language: en
Pages: 398
Authors: Maureen Alden
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001-03-08 - Publisher: OUP Oxford

Students reading the Iliad for the first time are often bewildered by the sheer volume of information on apparently unrelated subjects contained in it. The central narrative seems to unfold very slowly, and to be complicated by long speeches containing stories which might be interesting in themselves, but which seem
Homer Beside Himself
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Maureen Joan Alden
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000 - Publisher:

Books about Homer Beside Himself
Achilles beside Gilgamesh
Language: en
Pages: 920
Authors: Michael Clarke
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-11-28 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Interprets the poetic meaning of the Iliad in relation to the heroic literature of the Ancient Near East.
Reading Homer
Language: en
Pages: 258
Authors: Kostas Myrsiades
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

These nine new essays on Homer's epics deal not only with major Homeric themes of time (honor), kleos (fame), geras (rewards), the psychology of Homeric warriors, and the re-evaluation of type scenes, but also with Homer's influence on contemporary film. Following the introduction and an essay which sets the historical
Homeric Voices
Language: en
Pages: 310
Authors: Elizabeth Minchin
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-02-22 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Drawing on the disciplines of sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and cognitive psychology, Elizabeth Minchin studies the speeches that Homer attributes to his characters. She describes how the poet may have used his memory for everyday talk to construct such speeches, and examines how they reflect the speaker's age, status, and gender.