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Homer's Cosmic Fabrication: Choice and Design in the Iliad

Bruce Heiden


Although scholars routinely state that the Iliad is an “oral poem,” it has circulated as a text stabilized in writing since near the time of its composition. Thus, the Iliad undoubtedly has features that render it satisfactory to readers and reading. But the question of what these features might be has been difficult for Homeric scholarship to address within the research paradigm of “oral poetics.” This book delineates a new approach aimed at evaluating what the Iliad furnishes to readers. Its program conceptualizes the act of reading as a repertoire of cognitive functions a reader might deplo ... More

Keywords: agency, choice, cognitive poetics, epic, Greek literature, Homer, Iliad, narrative, oral poetry, poetic design

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195341072
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Heiden, author
The Ohio State University
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