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The Homeric Simile in Comparative Perspectives: Oral Traditions from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia

Jonathan L. Ready

Abstract

The Homeric Simile in Comparative Perspectives: Oral Traditions from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia investigates both the construction of the Homeric simile and the performance of Homeric poetry from neglected comparative perspectives. The first part considers similes in five modern oral poetries—Rajasthani epic, South Sumatran epic, Kyrgyz epic, Bosniac epic, and Najdi lyric poems from Saudi Arabia—and studies successful performances by still other verbal artists, such as Egyptian singers of epic, Turkish minstrels, and Chinese storytellers. In applying these findings to the Homeric epics, the sec ... More

Keywords: Homer, similes, oral poetry, comparison, folkloristics, Bosniac epic, Kyrgyz epic, Najdi lyric poems, Rajasthani epic, South Sumatran epic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198802556
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198802556.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan L. Ready, author
Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Indiana University