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Hellenic Studies Series 50

Homer’s Versicolored Fabric

The Evocative Power of Ancient Greek Epic Word-Making

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$24.95 • £19.95 • €22.50

ISBN 9780674060623

Publication Date: 04/30/2012


350 pages

6 x 9 inches

2 diagrams, 1 table

Center for Hellenic Studies > Hellenic Studies Series


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: The Evocative Power of Word-Making
  • 1. The Cognitive Presence of the Absent Hero (Odyssey i–iv)
    • Alternative Readings of Third-Person Pronouns: Accessibility of the Referent, Narrative Functions, and Pragmatic Impact
    • Case-Studies from Homer
    • Grammatical Accounts of (e)keinos
    • The Significance of keinos Referring to Odysseus in the First Four Books of the Odyssey
    • Visual and Social/Emotional Implications of the Utterance of (e)keinos Elsewhere
    • Conclusion: The Force of “That One”
  • 2. Encounter, Visit, and Celebration: Homeric Layering (Odyssey xiv)
    • Dramatic Irony-Based Readings
    • Layering-Based Readings
    • Layering of Words, Gestures, and Objects in Odyssey xiv
    • From the Mouth of Odysseus: Beggar, Master, and Cult Hero
    • From the Mouth of Eumaeus: Slave, Worshiper, and Hero
    • The Primary Speaking “I” on What Happens
    • Conclusion: Beyond the Unity of Plot and Characters
  • 3. Odysseus Who? Polyphonic Marks of Identity (Odyssey xv–xxiv)
    • Accounts of Homeric αύτός
    • The Present Account of Homeric αύτός
      • αύτός as Intensifier: The Center-Periphery Idea
      • αύτός and Someone’s True Identity
      • αύτός and Sameness
      • Odysseus as αύτός in the First Half of the Poem
    • The Polyphony of Odysseus αύτός and Odysseus κεĩυος (Odyssey xv–xxi)
    • Odysseus αύτός Wins (Odyssey xxi–xxiii)
    • The Final Resuming Polyphony (Odyssey xxiv)
    • Conclusion: “I am the Inside and the Outside”
  • 4. Visual and Narrative Functions of αύ- Discourse Markers
    • Ancient Greek Particles Working as Discourse Markers
    • αύ- Discourse Markers
    • Presentational Functions of αΰ, αΰτε, and αύτάρ
    • Interactional Functions of αΰ, αΰτε, and αύτάρ in Lyric, Elegiac, and Iambic Poetry
    • Conclusion: Distinctiveness and Discontinuity within Performance Continuity
  • 5. “Back Again,” “(Right) There/Then,” “(Right) Here/Now,” and “In Vain”: The Uses of αύτις, αύτίκα, αύτοΰ, and αϋτως
    • αύτις
    • αύτίκα
    • αύτοΰ, αΰθι, and αΰτθι
    • αϋτως
    • Conclusion: About Facts and About Acts
  • Conclusion: Homer’s Versicolored Fabric
  • Appendix: Loci Odysseus as κεĩυος and αύτος in the Odyssey
  • Bibliography
  • Index Locorum
  • Index of Subjects

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