Homers Iliad powerpoint

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Unformatted text preview: Homers Iliad Achilles binding Patrocluss wound, from a Greek vase, 6 th cent b.c.e. Background Early Greece: city-states; importance of the sea Who was Homer? Background to Homers story: the Trojan War; other Greek legends and myths that Homers listeners/readers would already know Homers choice of a limited episode from a ten- year war The epic once again The Walls of Troy today, after nearly two centuries of excavations The Trojan horse, depicted in the 7 th century b.c.e., not long after Homers time. Homers Writing Techniques Characteristics of oral literature that persist in the written work: epithets , repetitions, lists, exaggeration, etc. The metrics (rhythmic elements) of the poetry: dactyls and spondees Frequent use of simile and metaphor Vocabulary from various Greek dialects; mis- pronunciations, etc. to fit the metrics and the oral improvisation. No one ever talked like Homers characters: an invented language...
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