The Fabricated Cosmos and the Poetry of the Future
This chapter focuses upon the ubiquitous theme of design and fabrication. Particular attention is devoted to the shield that Hephaistos designs for Achilles in book 18. Analysis explores the design of the shield description as well as the shield, and the shield's thematization of design in the cosmos. A concluding section relates the mythology of Troy in the Iliad to a wider body of myth in which Zeus's continuous planning, including the inspiration of poetry through the Muses, enables human beings to better their lives.
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