Lecture 4 - Lecture 4 09/10/09 The Iliad incorporates 3...

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Lecture 4 09/10/09 The Iliad incorporates 3 major dialects: Attic, Aeolic, Ionic. It is very unusual for a single work to use different dialects. Epithets were adopted by Homer from dialects which are sometimes used anachronistically (placed in the wrong period of time). Homer’s epic language is not colloquial and could not be spoken by any one person. archaisms - words that had already dropped out of style that Homer used in the Iliad. “W” (digamma) is a good way to date texts because it shows up only in earlier texts and disappears later. It shows up in The Iliad in unexpected places (in later books but not in the earlier). Epic language Homer uses a lot of epithets (repeated phrase used by storyteller to summarize a character) ––ex. “Agamemnon, lord of men, brilliant Achilles”. They recur at predictable places in the line. They are keyed to the meter of the poem: Epic hexameter. We expect the language to match the phrases that we hear everyday in contemporary society.
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Lecture 4 - Lecture 4 09/10/09 The Iliad incorporates 3...

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