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The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue

Benjamin Sammons

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780195375688
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199871599 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375688.001.0001
The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue

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This study takes a fresh look at a familiar element of the Homeric epics—the poetic catalogue. It aims to uncover the great variety of functions fulfilled by catalogue as a manner of speech within very different contexts, ranging from celebrated examples such as the poet’s famous “Catalogue of Ships,” to others less commonly treated under this rubric, such as catalogues within the speech and rhetoric of Homer’s characters or seemingly unassuming catalogues of objects. It shows that catalogue poetry is no ossified or primitive relic of the old tradition, but a living subgenre of poetry that is deployed by Homer in a creative and original way. The catalogue form may be exploited by the poet or his characters to reflect or distort the themes of the poem as a whole, to impose an interpretation on events of the narrative as they unfold, and possibly to allude to competing poetic traditions or even contemporaneous poems. Throughout, the study focuses on how Homer uses the catalogue form to talk about the epic genre itself: As a compendious and venerable poetic form, it allows the poet to explore the boundaries of the heroic world, the limits of heroic glory, and the ideals and realities of his own traditional role as an epic bard.

Keywords: Homer; catalogue; catalogue poetry; epic; list; “Lists in Literature”; narrative; rhetoric

Book.  272 pages. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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Introduction in The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue

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Two Paradigmatic Catalogues in The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue

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Two Catalogues of Women in The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue

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Two Catalogues of Objects in The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue

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The Iliadic Catalogue of Ships in The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue

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Three Catalogues of Suitors in The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue

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Conclusions in The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue

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