Readers of Homer since antiquity have noticed that the poet narrates events as if they were enacted in front of their eyes; as one ancient scholiast comments, the poetry of Homer is not only heard but also seen by its audience as some sort of spectacle. The first part of this chapter offers a comprehensive literature review of the studies in visibility and Homeric enargeia. It further sets out the aims of the book and the methodology which is followed throughout it. Finally, an introduction to the idea of Hades as a poetic resource is offered in the second part of the chapter.
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