Semi-Public Narration in Apollonius' Argonautica

Semi-Public Narration in Apollonius' Argonautica

by G Berkowitz, G. Berkowitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 9042914327

ISBN-13: 9789042914322

Pub. Date: 12/31/2004

Publisher: Peeters Publishing

Ancient epic narrators can be termed "semi-public" because they address both public and private audiences. Public audiences exist outside the fictional context of the story, and private audiences exist within it. The narrator of Homer's Iliad, for instance, addresses both the listeners and readers of the poem, and private narratees such as the character Patroklos.

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Ancient epic narrators can be termed "semi-public" because they address both public and private audiences. Public audiences exist outside the fictional context of the story, and private audiences exist within it. The narrator of Homer's Iliad, for instance, addresses both the listeners and readers of the poem, and private narratees such as the character Patroklos. In Apollonius' Argonautica, the narrator's semi-public nature is rather extraordinary. This is because the narrator is actually influenced by demands that the private narratees impose on him, and even by things that these narratees say to him. As a result, the narrator's own voice often resembles the voices of his characters, and the poem can, at times, seem like a dialogue between the two parties. In considering this apparent dialogue, Semi-Public Narration in Apollonius' Argonautica resolves a number of the serious interpretative difficulties with which scholars of the Argonautica have long been engaged.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789042914322
Publisher:
Peeters Publishing
Publication date:
12/31/2004
Series:
Hellenistica Groningana Series, #8
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : narrative problems in Apollonius' Argonautica1
Ch. IStatements of private narrators11
AThe Symplegades episode11
BThe Argonautic prehistory22
Ch. IIParallel statements by public and private narrators in the Lemnian episode43
AThe narrator's account of the Lemnian prehistory43
BHypsipyle's account of the Lemnian prehistory46
Ch. IIIStatements of the public narrator to private narratees53
AApollo in the proem to Book I53
BThe narrator and the muses62
Ch. IVStatements of private narrators to the public narrator97
AThe presentation of gods and goddesses98
BThe presentation of the erotic128
AppSpeech acts of narrators and characters in the Argonautica

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