Homers Iliad powerpoint

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Unformatted text preview: Homer’s Iliad Achilles binding Patroclus’s 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 Homer’s story: the Trojan War; other Greek legends and myths that Homer’s listeners/readers would already know • Homer’s 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 Homer’s time. Homer’s “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 Homer’s characters: an “invented” language •...
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