Semi-Public Narration in Apollonius' Argonautica

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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' Argonautica 1
Ch. I Statements of private narrators 11
A The Symplegades episode 11
B The Argonautic prehistory 22
Ch. II Parallel statements by public and private narrators in the Lemnian episode 43
A The narrator's account of the Lemnian prehistory 43
B Hypsipyle's account of the Lemnian prehistory 46
Ch. III Statements of the public narrator to private narratees 53
A Apollo in the proem to Book I 53
B The narrator and the muses 62
Ch. IV Statements of private narrators to the public narrator 97
A The presentation of gods and goddesses 98
B The presentation of the erotic 128
App Speech acts of narrators and characters in the Argonautica
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