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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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The Fabricated Cosmos and the Poetry of the Future

Homer's Cosmic Fabrication

Bruce Heiden (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   cosmos, design, fabrication, Hephaistos, myth, poetry, progress, shield of Achilles, Zeus

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