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Tsagalis, Christos

Epic Grief

Personal Laments in Homer's Iliad

Series:Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte 70

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    This study of the gooi or personal laments in Homer´s Iliad once and for all articulates the poetic techniques regulating this type of speech. Going beyond the tendency to view lament as a repetitive and group-based activity, this work shows instead the primacy of the goos, a sub-genre which the Iliad has "produced" by absorbing the funerary genre of lament. Oral theory, narratology, semiotics, rhetorical analysis are deftly applied to explore the ways personal laments develop principal epic themes and unravel narrative threads weaving the thematical texture of the entire Iliad (and beyond): the wrath of Achilles, the deaths of Patroclus and Hector, the grief of Achilles and his future death, the foreshadowing of Troy´s destruction.

    Winner of the Annual Award in Classics (2007) of the Academy of Athens.

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    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    ix, 231 pages
    2 Tables
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    Christos Tsagalis is a lecturer in Classics at the University of Athens, Greece.


    "L'ensemble s'articule en cinq chapitres, la conclusion et deux appendices et la rédaction élégante rend la lecture stimulante."
    F.L. in: Gaia 10/2006

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