Relative Chronology in Early Greek Epic Poetry

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Ĝivind Andersen, Dag T. T. Haug
Cambridge University Press, 2012 - History - 277 pages
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This book sets out to disentangle the complex chronology of early Greek epic poetry, which includes Homer, Hesiod, hymns and catalogues. The preserved corpus of these texts is characterised by a rather uniform language and many recurring themes, thus making the establishment of chronological priorities a difficult task. The editors have brought together scholars working on these texts from both a linguistic and a literary perspective to address the problem. Some contributions offer statistical analysis of the linguistic material or linguistic analysis of subgenres within epic, others use a neoanalytical approach to the history of epic themes or otherwise seek to track the development and interrelationship of epic contents. All the contributors focus on the implications of their study for the dating of early epic poems relative to each other. Thus the book offers an overview of the current state of discussion.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1
20
Chapter 2 Relative chronology and an Aeolic phase of epic
44
Chapter 3 The other view
65
Chapter 4 Late features in the speeches of the Iliad
80
Chapter 5 Tmesis in the epic tradition
96
Chapter 6 The Doloneia revisited
106
Chapter 7 Odyssean stratigraphy
122
Chapter 9 The Catalogue of Women within the Greek epic tradition
152
Chapter 10 Intertextuality without text in early Greek epic
168
Chapter 11 Perspectives on neoanalysis from the archaic hymns to Demeter
184
Chapter 12 The relative chronology of the Homeric Catalogue of Ships and of the lists of heroes and cities within the Catalogue
210
Chapter 13 Towards a chronology of early Greek epic
224
Bibliography
242
General Index
261
Index locorum
269

Chapter 8 Older heroes and earlier poems
138

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About the author (2012)

Ĝivind Andersen is Professor of Greek at the University of Oslo. He is also currently a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Dag T. T. Haug is Associate Professor of Latin at the University of Oslo.

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