Lecture 409/11/08Styles: high (epic, tragedy, dithyramb e), middle, low (satire e, parodyc.)Didacticism e(purpose: to instruct the audience) Oralityc – primary, literacy - secondaryHomeric Epic traditionoDactylic chexameter U p UU6 r Fm4oNarrative structure (Cosmology: I – gods, II – heroes, III – mortals). Focus on heroes.oThe plight eof the hero has to be rectified eoHeroic code (Achilles violates eit from time to time which makes him a complex character)oOmniscience e: the narrator knows and tells us everything from the beginning (the emphasis is on the “how”, not on the “what”)o6 Trojan eEpics covered The Trojan Wars in their entirety (which Homer didn’t). There was also a Thebes ]UpUUm6rFm4c.e336lWrFcycle which has been lost but record of them was found in the ancient Alexandria library.oMythic eepics and historical epics – synthesis eof both in Homeric epicsAchilles oPeleus’ son. His mother is Thetis (divine). Peleus is mortal. Thetis was a favorite of Zeus which gave
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