Duality and Structure in the Iliad and Odyssey

Duality and Structure in the Iliad and Odyssey

Hardback Lang Classical Studies

By (author) Chet A Van Duzer

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  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 366 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 229mm x 25mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1996
  • ISBN 10: 0820428450
  • ISBN 13: 9780820428451

Product description

Despite extensive studies on Homer's techniques of formulaic composition, thus far the importance of duality in the construction of the Iliad and Odyssey has gone unnoticed. This study demonstrates that duality pervades the epics, from dual magical devices that protect Homeric heroes, to the dual structures upon which the poems are built. By elucidating patterns in Homer's use of duality, the study develops new insights into the methods of Homeric composition, and powerful new tools for the interpretation of his work.

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