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Homer's Cosmic FabricationChoice and Design in the Iliad$
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Bruce Heiden

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195341072

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341072.001.0001

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Orientation by Design

Orientation by Design

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(p.67) 3 ORIENTATION BY DESIGN
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Homer's Cosmic Fabrication
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Bruce Heiden (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341072.003.0004

This chapter returns to the reader's orientation toward the story as a whole. It finds that the centrality of Zeus's agency is emphasized in only six of the twenty-four books, but that these books are so distributed that simply by postulating two precise “movement” punctuators (at 8/9 and 15/16) it is possible to articulate the Iliad as three cycles that each begin and end with an orienting book. Since these six positions cue special attention to all the orienting books and those books alone, the transmitted Iliad accommodates a single arrangement that is optimal for assisting a reader's orientation toward Zeus's central agency.

Keywords:   agents, cycles, Iliad, movements, orientation, poetic design

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