After brief orientation, a first section discusses the treatment of catalogue poetry in Homeric scholarship, with emphasis on recent theories that see the form as a template for narrative or a device for oral composition. A second section is devoted to a definition of the catalogue form and establishes some useful terminology. A third section discusses challenges to interpretation posed by literary catalogues and lists, with emphasis on problems raised by scholars outside of Classics. A final section reorients the problem relative to the Greek epic tradition specifically, using as its starting point some provocative remarks of Pietro Pucci.
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