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In book 5 of the Iliad Sarpedon suffers so greatly from a wound that his ‘‘ψυχή leaves him’. Rather than dying, however, Sarpedon lives to fight another day. This paper investigates the phrase τὸν δὲ λίπε ψυχή in extant archaic Greek poetry to gain a sense of its traditional referentiality and better assess the meaning of Sarpedon’s swoon. Finding that all other instances of the ψυχή leaving the body signify death, it suggests that the Iliad exploits a traditional unit of utterance to flag up the importance of Sarpedon to this version of the Troy story.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2011 Walter de Gruyter|
|Keywords:||Homer; Iliad; soul; resonance; Sarpedon|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Arts > Classical Studies|
|Depositing User:||Elton Barker|
|Date Deposited:||20 Oct 2011 13:59|
|Last Modified:||08 Apr 2014 01:35|
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