Epic Poetry and Social Formation
By (author) Johannes Haubold
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Homer's People by Johannes Haubold
Book DescriptionThis book examines the role and character of Homer's people, laoi, in Homeric story-telling, 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. From a close reading of the Homeric epics, Homer's people emerge as a community without effective social structures. When this is viewed from the perspective of Homeric performances in the polis, a contrast between Homer's laoi and the founding people of ritual emerges. While the former typically perish, the survival of the latter is secured by the establishment of successful institutions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521770095
(216mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Homer's People, Paperback (May 2008)» View all books by Johannes Haubold
The first study to examine the role and character of Homer's people in Homeric story-telling.
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