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The art and rhetoric of the Homeric catalogue

Author: Benjamin Sammons
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Sammons explodes the casual reader's prejudice against Homeric catalogues as boring bits one can safely skip over. In this subtle, precise, and inventive reading of the wonderfully various ways in which Homeric poetry makes use of the catalogue device, he demonstrates how its epic deployment is a self-conscious, artistically satisfying form of discourse, one that allows the composer to give depth and overtone to
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Homer; Homer; Homer.; Homer.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Sammons
ISBN: 9780195375688 0195375688
OCLC Number: 498113210
Description: x, 233 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Two paradigmatic catalogues. Dione's catalogue (il. 5.384-404) --
Calypso's catalogue (od. 5.118-36) --
Two catalogues of women. Zeus's catalogue of lovers (il. 14.315-28) --
The catalogue of women in the Nekyia (od. 11.235-327) --
Two catalogues of objects. Priam's ransom (il. 24.228-37) --
Agamemnon's catalogue of gifts (il. 9.120-57) --
The Iliadic catalogue of ships (il. 2.484-760) --
Three catalogues of suitors (od. passim).
Responsibility: Benjamin Sammons.

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This book takes a fresh look at a familiar element of the Homeric epics - the poetic catalogue. It shows that in a variety of contexts, Homer uses catalogue poetry not only to develop his themes, but  Read more...

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