Homers Allusive Art

Hardcover | November 12, 2016

byBruno Currie

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What kind of allusion is possible in a poetry derived from a centuries-long oral tradition, and what kind of oral-derived poetry are the Homeric epics? Comparison of Homeric epic with South Slavic heroic song has suggested certain types of answers to these questions, yet the South Slavicparadigm is neither straightforward in itself nor necessarily the only pertinent paradigm: Augustan Latin poetry uses many sophisticated and highly self-conscious techniques of allusion which can, this book contends, be suggestively paralleled in Homeric epic, and some of the same techniques ofallusion can be found in Near Eastern poetry of the third and second millennia BC. By attending to these various paradigms, this challenging study argues for a new understanding of Homeric allusion and its place in literary history, broaching the question of whether there can have been historical continuity in a poetics of allusion stretching from the Mesopotamian epic ofGilgamesh, via the Iliad and Odyssey, to the Aeneid and Metamorphoses, despite the enormous disparities of time and place and of language and culture, including those represented by the cuneiform tablet, the papyrus roll, and by an oral performance culture. The fundamental methodological problemsare explored through a series of interlocking case studies, treating of how the Odyssey conceivably alludes to the Iliad and also to earlier poetry on Odysseus' homecoming, the Iliad to earlier poetry on the Ethiopian hero Memnon, the Homeric Hymn to Demeter to earlier poetry on Hades' abduction ofPersephone, and early Greek epic to Mesopotamian mythological poetry, pre-eminently the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh.

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What kind of allusion is possible in a poetry derived from a centuries-long oral tradition, and what kind of oral-derived poetry are the Homeric epics? Comparison of Homeric epic with South Slavic heroic song has suggested certain types of answers to these questions, yet the South Slavicparadigm is neither straightforward in itself nor...

Bruno Currie is Associate Professor in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford and Monro Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Oriel College His chief research interests are ancient Greek poetry (especially epic and lyric), ancient Greek religion, and the interaction between the two, and he is the author of several ar...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:November 12, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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FrontmatterList of tablesList of conventions and abbreviationsHow to use this book1. Homer and Allusive Art2. The Homeric Epics and their Forerunners3. The Archaic Hymns to Demeter4. Pregnant Tears and Poetic Memory5. Allusion in Greek and Near Eastern Mythological PoetryI. A Greek transference: Aphrodite to HeraII. A Sumerian-Akkadian-Greek transference: Inanna, Ishtar, AphroditeIII. Mythological catalogues, seductions, plaints in heaven: typology or allusionaIV. The question of awareness of Near Eastern sourcesV. Consequences for Greek and Near Eastern poetry6. Epilogue: Traditional Art and Allusive ArtAppendices:A: Proclus' Summaries of the Cyclical EpicsB: Translation of the Berlin Papyrus (Commentary on the Orphic Hymn to Demeter)C: Allusive Doublets and InconcinnitiesD: Pindar, the Aethiopis, and HomerE: Prospective LamentationF: Typologically Generated Repetition versus Specific RepriseEndmatterReferencesIndex of passagesGeneral index