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Epithets with echoes: A study on formula-narrative interaction

Yamagata, Naoko (2012). Epithets with echoes: A study on formula-narrative interaction. In: Montanari, Franco; Rengakos, Antonios and Tsagalis, Christos C. eds. Homeric Contexts: Neoanalysis and the Interpretation of Oral Poetry. Trends in Classics: Supplementary Volumes (12). Berlin, Germany & New York, USA: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 445–468.

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This article challenges the strictest form of the Parry-Lord theory, which takes the elaborate system of stock-expressions to fill particular positions in hexameter verse to be the evidence of quasi-mechanical versification, which implies that the poet is indifferent to the meaning of such fixed epithets as ‘swift-footed’ for Achilles. By surveying the two most frequently used types of noun-epithet formulae and their ‘echoes’ throughout the Homeric texts, this article argues that the poet is conscious of the meaning of even the most fixed of the fixed epithets.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author
ISBN: 3-11-027195-8, 978-3-11-027195-9
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 32678
Depositing User: Naoko Yamagata
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 11:50
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:15
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