By Bruno Currie
allusion that can, this ebook contends, be suggestively paralleled in Homeric epic, and a few of a similar suggestions of allusion are available in close to japanese poetry of the 3rd and moment millennia BC.
By getting to those a variety of paradigms, this not easy research argues for a brand new realizing of Homeric allusion and its position in literary heritage, broaching the query of no matter if there may have been historic continuity in a poetics of allusion stretching from the Mesopotamian epic of Gilgamesh, through the Iliad and Odyssey, to the Aeneid and Metamorphoses, regardless of the large disparities of time and position and of language and tradition, including
those represented by means of the cuneiform capsule, the papyrus roll, and by means of an oral functionality tradition. the elemental methodological difficulties are explored via a chain of interlocking case reviews, treating of ways the Odyssey conceivably alludes to the Iliad and likewise to prior poetry on Odysseus' homecoming, the Iliad to past poetry on the
Ethiopian hero Memnon, the Homeric Hymn to Demeter to prior poetry on Hades' abduction of Persephone, and early Greek epic to Mesopotamian mythological poetry, pre-eminently the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh.
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Homer's Allusive Art by Bruno Currie