Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 November 2008

272 Pages | 33 illus.

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195341072

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Homer's Cosmic Fabrication

Choice and Design in the Iliad

Bruce Heiden

Society for Classical Studies American Classical Studies

  • Reveals important features of the Iliad that the paradigm of "oral poetry" has avoided and cannot account for
  • Addresses the Iliad as the fixed written text that we know, rather than an object of fluid study in the "oral tradition"
  • Aims to uncover aspects of the poem's potential rather than historical facts about its actual circulation in the distant past
  • Draws upon cognitive narratology to develop novel methods for theorizing and investigating the potential relationships between a poem and its readers