Homers People: Epic Poetry and Social Formation by Johannes HauboldHomers People: Epic Poetry and Social Formation by Johannes Haubold

Homers People: Epic Poetry and Social Formation

byJohannes Haubold

Paperback | June 19, 2008

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This is the first study to examine in detail the role and character of Homer's people (Greek laoi) in Homeric storytelling, arguing that Homeric poetry is crucially concerned with the people as a basis for communal life. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey are read as sustained meditations on the processes involved in protecting and destroying the people. The investigation draws on a wide range of approaches from formulaic analysis to the study of early performance contexts.
Title:Homers People: Epic Poetry and Social FormationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:June 19, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521066417

ISBN - 13:9780521066419


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Laoi in early Greek hexameter poetry; 2. Homer's people; 3. Laos epic in performance; Appendix A. Epic formulae; Appendix B. Ritual formulae.

Editorial Reviews

Review of the hardback: '... a very good book that breaks much new ground.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review