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Homer and the Poetics of Hades$
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George Alexander Gazis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198787266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198787266.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Homer and the Poetics of Hades

George Alexander Gazis

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Homer, enargeia, Hades, visibility, poetry, poetic resource

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