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The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue

Benjamin Sammons


This study takes a fresh look at a familiar element of the Homeric epics—the poetic catalogue. It aims to uncover the great variety of functions fulfilled by catalogue as a manner of speech within very different contexts, ranging from celebrated examples such as the poet’s famous “Catalogue of Ships,” to others less commonly treated under this rubric, such as catalogues within the speech and rhetoric of Homer’s characters or seemingly unassuming catalogues of objects. It shows that catalogue poetry is no ossified or primitive relic of the old tradition, but a living subgenre of poetry that is ... More

Keywords: Homer, catalogue, catalogue poetry, epic, list, “Lists in Literature”, narrative, rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195375688
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375688.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Sammons, author