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Equine Poetics (Hellenic Studies Series)

Platte, Ryan

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ISBN 10: 0674975707 / ISBN 13: 9780674975705
Published by Center for Hellenic Studies
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Equine Poetics is a literary analysis of horses and horsemanship in early Greek epic and lyric poetry. Drawing from the fields of comparative poetics and historical linguistics, the book sheds new light on fascinating and puzzling aspects of these central figures in early Greek verbal art. Series: Hellenic Studies Series. Num Pages: 200 pages. BIC Classification: DSBB. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 22 x 15. . . 2017. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780674975705

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Title: Equine Poetics (Hellenic Studies Series)

Publisher: Center for Hellenic Studies

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: New

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Equine Poetics is a literary analysis of horses and horsemanship in early Greek epic and lyric poetry, especially those facets that reflect the prehistory of Greek language and culture.

The book begins with Ryan Platte’s analysis of Homeric formulas for horses, proposing a model by which most such formulas may be understood as members of a single verbal network, with roots in preliterate antiquity. He then considers the poetic relationship between horses and humans, leading to an analysis of the figure of the metapoetic charioteer. Finally, the work compares myths featuring chariot races and bridal contests, focusing on the supposed mythological inventiveness of Pindar’s Olympian 1.

Platte develops a methodology rooted in oral verse mechanics to understand contest-based mythical parallels that have defied easy historical explanations―in Greece and beyond. Drawing from the fields of comparative poetics and historical linguistics, Equine Poetics sheds new light on fascinating and puzzling aspects of these central figures in early Greek verbal art.

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Ryan Platte is Associate Professor of Instruction in Classics and Director of Greek Instruction at Northwestern University.

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