Character, Narrator, and Simile in the Iliad (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 11, 2011 - History
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Jonathan L. Ready offers the first comprehensive examination of Homer's similes in the Iliad as arenas of heroic competition. This study concentrates primarily on similes spoken by Homeric characters. The first to offer a sustained exploration of such similes, Ready shows how characters are made to contest through and over simile not only with one another but also with the narrator. Ready investigates the narrator's similes as well. He demonstrates that Homer amplifies the feat of a successful warrior by providing a competitive orientation to sequences of similes used to describe battles. He also offers a new interpretation of Homer's extended similes as a means for the poet to imagine his characters as competitors for his attention. Throughout this study, Ready makes innovative use of approaches from both Homeric studies and narratology that have not yet been applied to the analysis of Homer's similes.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Simile and the Homeric Comparative Spectrum
11
2 Similes and Likenesses in the CharacterText
27
3 A Preparation for Reading Sequences of Similes
87
4 Sequences of Similes in the CharacterText
108
5 Narrator Character and Simile
150
6 Similes in the NarratorText
211
Conclusion The Odyssey Compared
261
Abbreviations
273
Bibliography
275
Index Locorum
297
Index of Names Subjects and Greek Words
318
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About the author (2011)

Jonathan L. Ready is an assistant professor in the Department of Classical Studies at Indiana University. He is the author of a chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Archaic Greece (2007) and of a number of articles that have appeared in classics journals including Transactions of the American Philological Association and the American Journal of Philology.

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