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The Homeric Simile in Comparative PerspectivesOral Traditions from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia$
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Jonathan L. Ready

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198802556

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198802556.001.0001

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Two Preliminary Points

Two Preliminary Points

(p.169) 4 Two Preliminary Points
The Homeric Simile in Comparative Perspectives

Jonathan L. Ready

Oxford University Press

Two discussions prepare for the argument that the Iliad poet and the Odyssey poet show their competence by producing similes that fall at different points on the spectrum of distribution. First, the consideration of a poet’s competence that emerges in archaic Greek hexameter poems encourages study of how the actual poet exhibits his competence. Second, the model of a spectrum of distribution interacts with current trends in Homeric studies, especially the research of John Miles Foley, Richard Martin, and Deborah Beck.

Keywords:   archaic Greek hexameter, competence, delight, pleasure, story, discourse, Homeric studies, John Miles Foley, Richard Martin, Deborah Beck

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