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The Suitors in the "Odyssey": The Clash between Homer and Archilochus
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The suitors in the Odyssey strikingly resemble a very specific audience of iambic poets such as Archilochus or Semonides. Justifying these young men's deaths, the Odyssey engages in a polemic intertext with Archilochus' attacks against the threatening epic discourse. This study is concerned with reading both the traces of this often hidden quarrel in the Odyssey and the answers we can find within the iambic texts. Although iambus and epos have been connected in earlier studies, the direct portrait of the iambic audience within the Odyssey has not been examined. This book allows the reader to see these issues in the larger social context.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: classical, early & medieval Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc Publication Date: 28/10/2008 ISBN-13: 9781433104756  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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The Author: Martin Steinruck attended the University of Basle and received his doctorate from the University of Lausanne. He has also obtained a habilitation in classical philology from the University of Fribourg where he currently teaches as a Private-docent and holds the position of lecturer in classical languages. Dr. Steinruck has published numerous articles and books in the fields of archaic Greek literature, Roman and late antiquity, and narratology and metrics. Some of his works include: Kranz und Wirbel: Ringkompositionen in den Buchern 6-8 der Odyssee (1997), Iambos: Studien zum Publikum einer Gattung in der fruhgriechischen Literatur (2000), Haltung und rhetorische Form, Tropen, Figuren und Rhythmus in der Prosa des Eunap von Sardes (2004), and A Quoi Sert La Metrique : Interpretation Litteraire Et Analyse Des Formes Metriques Grecques. Une Introduction (2007).

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