Resemblance and Reality in Greek Thought

Resemblance and Reality in Greek Thought : Essays in Honor of Peter M. Smith

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Resemblance and Reality in Greek Thought follows the construction of reality from Homer into the Hellenistic era and beyond. Not only in didactic poetry or philosophical works but in practically all genres from the time of Homer onwards, Greek literature has shown an awareness of the relationship between verbal art and the social, historical, or cultural reality that produces it, an awareness that this relationship is an approximate one at best and a distorting one at worst. This central theme of resemblance and its relationship to reality draws together essays on a range of Greek authors, and shows how they are unified or allied in posing similar questions to classical more

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  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15.24mm | 556g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 black & white tables
  • 1138955221
  • 9781138955226

Review quote

With sophistication and originality evident throughout, Resemblance and Reality in Greek Thought presents fourteen studies of a dichotomy pervasive in Greek literature and thought and refracted in Roman epic. The authors study, inter alia, the artistry of spaces constructed within the antimony, inconsistencies in the Greek literary and philosophical tradition, ambiguities within the Greek language itself, and philosophical challenges to the Theory of Forms. This is an altogether original and well-crafted book. - Professor Victor Bers, Yale University, USAshow more

About Arum Park

Arum Park is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on Archaic and Classical Greek poetry, but she has published on a wide range of authors, including Hesiod, Pindar, Ovid, and Longus. Her current book project, supported by a 2012-13 fellowship from the Center for Hellenic Studies, treats the concepts of truth, gender, and genre in Pindar and more

Table of contents

Contents Paideia By Sue Guiney Contributors Introduction: Resemblance and Reality as Interpretive Lens By Arum Park and Mary Pendergraft Part One Poetry: Verbal Resemblance as Incomplete Reality Chapter 1: Metis on a Mission: Unreliable Narration and the Perils of Cunning in Odyssey 9 By Peter Aicher Chapter 2: Little Things Mean a Lot: Odysseus' Scar and Eurycleia's Memory By Jeffrey Beneker Chapter 3: Failure of the Textual Relation: Anacreon's Purple Ball Poem (PMG 358) By T. H. M. Gellar-Goad Chapter 4: Reality, Illusion, or Both? Cloud-Women in Stesichorus and Pindar. By Arum Park Chapter 5: Neither Beast Nor Woman: Reconstructing Callisto in Callimachus' Hymn to Zeus By Keyne Cheshire Part Two Greek Tragedy: Reality, Expectation, Tradition Chapter 6: Necessity and Universal Reality: The Use of XPH in Aeschylus By David C.A. Wiltshire Chapter 7: The Arms of Achilles: Tradition and Mythmaking in Sophocles' Philoctetes By Sheila Murnaghan Chapter 8: The Bad Place: The Horrific House of Euripides' Heracles By Derek Smith Keyser Chapter 9: The "Hymn to Zeus" (Agamemnon 160-83) and Reasoning from Resemblances By Edwin Carawan Part Three Greek Prose: Reality and Appearances Chapter 10: Stereotypes as Faulty Resemblance: Humorous Deception and Ethnography in Herodotus By Mark C. Mash Chapter 11: The Rational Religion of Xenophon's Socrates By David Johnson Chapter 12: Wives, Subjects, Sons, and Lovers: Phthonos and Resemblance in Xenophon's Cyropaedia By Norman Sandridge Chapter 13: Performing Plato's Forms By Patrick Lee Miller Epilogue Echoes of Resemblance and Reality in Latin Literature Chapter 14: Thigh Wounds in Homer and Vergil: Cultural Reality and Literary Metaphor By D. Felton Indexshow more