Epic Grief: Personal Laments in Homer's Iliad

Epic Grief: Personal Laments in Homer's Iliad

by Christos Tsagalis

Hardcover(Reprint 2012)

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This study of the gooi or personal laments in Homeŕs Iliad once and for all articulates the poetic techniques regulating this type of speech. Going beyond the tendency to view lament as a repetitive and group-based activity, this work shows instead the primacy of the goos, a sub-genre which the Iliad has "produced" by absorbing the funerary genre of lament. Oral theory, narratology, semiotics, rhetorical analysis are deftly applied to explore the ways personal laments develop principal epic themes and unravel narrative threads weaving the thematical texture of the entire Iliad (and beyond): the wrath of Achilles, the deaths of Patroclus and Hector, the grief of Achilles and his future death, the foreshadowing of Troýs destruction.
Winner of the Annual Award in Classics (2007) of the Academy of Athens.

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ISBN-13: 9783110179446
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 06/24/2004
Series: Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte , #70
Edition description: Reprint 2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christos Tsagalis lehrt Klassische Philologie an der Universität Athen, Griechenland.

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