Rhapsodic Receptions of Homer in Multiform Proems of the Iliad

TitleRhapsodic Receptions of Homer in Multiform Proems of the Iliad
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsTomasso, V
Ancient AuthorsHomerus Epic. (TLG 0012)
JournalAmerican Journal of Philology
Volume137
Issue3
Pagination377-409
Abstract

This article examines two multiform proems that introduced different interpretations of the Homeric Iliad. Scholars have previously reasoned that rhapsodes used one of these proems. I further their observations by arguing that rhapsodes used both of them in competitive performance to put their own spins on the Iliad, a technique that increased their reputations and authority. In addition, by comparing the diction, meter, and content of the proems with the Homeric Iliad and archaic Greek epic more generally, I argue that the multiform proems interpret the relationship between immortals and mortals in different ways. [http://muse.jhu.edu/article/629219]

DOI10.1353/ajp.2016.0028

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