Allusion, Authority, and Truth: Critical Perspectives on by Christos Tsagalis

By Christos Tsagalis

The previous few a long time have noticeable the improvement of latest severe tools with which the poetic and rhetorical dimensions of historic Greek texts could be evaluated. during this quantity, a global crew of wonderful students comes jointly to check how a variety of historical texts in several genres have been in a position to assert their authority and claims to fact, usually alluding to each other in refined methods as they tried to undertaking their very own superiority. a chain of illuminating new readings is available of either specific passages and full works within the mild of those new severe advances

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This is a heroic experience. It happens to Hector, not through an empty stomach, but through a divine injection of menos (in Zeus’ words to Iris after he has woken up from his sleep with Hera): ῞Εκτορα δ᾿ ὀτρύνῃσι μάχην ἐς Φοῖβος ᾿Απόλλων αὖτις δ᾿ ἐμπνεύσῃσι μένος, λελάθῃ δ᾿ ὀδυνάων αἳ νῦν μιν τείρουσι κ ατὰ φρένας and so that he exhorts Hector into the battle, Phoebus Apollo, and blows again menos into him and makes him forget the shots of pain 46 Egbert J. Bakker that are now afflicting him in his phrenes.

9 On Odysseus in the Iliad, see Clay (1999). 10 Again extensively discussed by Pucci (1987) 165-172. 42 Egbert J. Bakker that are collected after each day’s battle. The gastēr and its continuous physical needs are bluntly stressed, and the heroic code is reduced to what is for us an athlete’s diet. 11 The gastēr, then, is more than a beggarly disguise for the hero in a transitional phase between folktale and epic. Odysseus in the Iliad, who is in the middle of the epic arena, is shown to stand beside mainstream heroism.

The Iliadic lion simile cited earlier is significant, in that the hero compared to the lion, the Lycian champion Sarpedon, goes on to deliver his famous speech on heroic life and the heroic code (Il. 7 The hero enjoys godlike honor, timē, in his community and has the best place at the feast and receives the best pieces of meat. These privileges have to be earned with heroic fighting among the foremost fighters, the promakhoi; they are also compensation for the constant risk of death in the battle that the hero runs.

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