Homer's Versicolored Fabric: The Evocative Power of Ancient Greek Epic Word-Making by Anna Bonifazi, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Homer's Versicolored Fabric: The Evocative Power of Ancient Greek Epic Word-Making

Homer's Versicolored Fabric: The Evocative Power of Ancient Greek Epic Word-Making

by Anna Bonifazi
     
 

Anna Bonifazi suggests that the Homeric text we have now would have enabled ancient audiences to enjoy the evocative power of even minimal linguistic elements. The multiple functions served by these elements are associated not only with the variety of narrative contexts in which they occur but also with overarching poetic strategies.

The findings relate to two

Overview

Anna Bonifazi suggests that the Homeric text we have now would have enabled ancient audiences to enjoy the evocative power of even minimal linguistic elements. The multiple functions served by these elements are associated not only with the variety of narrative contexts in which they occur but also with overarching poetic strategies.

The findings relate to two strategies in particular: unfolding the narrative by signaling the upcoming content with au- adverbs and particles, and letting the complexity of Odysseus’ identity resonate through the ambiguous use of third-person pronouns. The words’ evocative power springs from the deliberate merging of distinct meanings, which prompts multifaceted interpretations. The text allows the incorporation of different viewpoints, just as an iridescent fabric allows the simultaneous perception of different colors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674060623
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2012
Series:
Hellenic Studies Series, #50
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Anna Bonifazi is head of an Emmy Noether independent research group at the University of Heidelberg.

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