Homeric Conversation

Homeric Conversation

by Deborah Beck
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Harvard University Press

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Homeric Conversation

Homeric Conversation is the first full-length study of conversation in the Homeric poems. Deborah Beck argues that conversation should be considered a traditional Homeric type scene, alongside recognized types such as arrival, sacrifice, battle, and hospitality. Drawing on both linguistics and previous work on type scenes and oral aesthetics, the book describes the typical conversational patterns that characterize a range of situations, including one-on-one conversation, formal assemblies, battlefield encounters, and laments. Departures from these typical patterns for conversation provide the basis for a wide-ranging, closely argued aesthetic analysis of repetition and variation in the Homeric epics.

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ISBN-13: 9780674019621
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 01/09/2006
Series: Hellenic Studies Series , #14
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents



Part I. One-on-one Conversations

Chapter 1. Odyssey

Chapter 2. Odysseus and Penelope

Chapter 3. Iliad

Part II. Single Speeches and Group Conversations

Chapter 4. Single Speeches and Variations on the Battlefield

Chapter 5. Group Contexts I: Assemblies

Chapter 6. Group Contexts II - Athletic Games, Laments



I: Breakdown of Direct Speeches in the Iliad and the Odyssey by Turn Type and by Type of Speech Introductory Formula

II: All Participles that Appear in Reply Formulas of the Type

III: Full-verse Context-specific Introductory Formulas

IV: Full-verse Speech Concluding Formulas


Index Locorum

Index of Names and Subjects

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