Homer Beside Himself: Para-Narratives in the Iliad

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198152859
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,130,694
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Para-Narratives 13
3 The Shield of Achilles 48
4 Nestor: Paradigms from Personal Experience 74
5 Diomede: Debate in Para-Narrative 112
6 Genealogy as Paradigm 153
7 The Paradigm of Meleager: Application and Implication 179
Michael Longley, 'Ceasefire' 291
App. A Approaches to Homer's Narratives 292
App. B The Nature of Homer's Text 297
App. C The Meaning of the Exchange of Armour 305
App. D The Hero's Death by Destruction of a Life-Token 309
App. E The Motivation Ascribed to Wives Entreating Husbands 311
References 319
Index of Passages Cited 339
General Index 355
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