Blood and Iron

Blood and Iron

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qBlood and Ironq is an exploration of the role of gossip, rumor and storytelling in the society depicted in the qOdysseyq and in the real world in which the poem was performed. It includes extensive analysis of Homeric narrative technique, with particular attention to the way the singer creates tension in a largely traditional tale. Individual chapters treat discrete, generally very traditional literary and historical problems, including the significance of the term qkleos, q the presentation of Telemachos, the internal chronology of the poem, the nature of Homeric kingship, and the role of violence in the ancient Greek family. The book will be of importance for anyone interested in the literary content or storytelling technique of Homeric epic, as well for historians of the late Dark Ages.PREFACE This book is intended for two, in some ways very different audiences. The first audience is an impatient one, and is interested in specific answers to specific, usually quite traditional literary and historical questions: what is the ... structure of the Odyssey (Ch. 5)? how did the Greek family really function (Ch. 8)? what is the nature of Homeric kingship (Ch. 9)? ... this section of the book and its conclusion by exploring how the singer handles his story of Odysseusa#39; return to Ithaca, anbsp;...

Title:Blood and Iron
Author:S. Douglas Olson
Publisher:BRILL - 1995


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