The Iliad came into existence to be heard from start to finish. While this is generally accepted in theory, the poem has not been properly studied in light of what this means in practice. Many connections, which are not obvious when the poem is read, become prominent if it is approached as an oral and aural creation, particularly if the poem is divided into three segments, probably a product of three night-long sessions of performance. This book contends that the shapings that these soundings, or sample explorations, bring into focus extend from details of wording and theme to the entire moral, religious, and political significance of the Iliad.
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This book combines the exploration of the 'ethics' of the Iliad with its poetic and narrative techniques, all the way from touches of phrasing to the shaping of whole scenes and the interaction between scenes often separated by thousands of lines.About the Author:
Oliver Taplin is at Magdalen College, Oxford.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0198140274