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The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue$
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Benjamin Sammons

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195375688

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375688.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue

Benjamin Sammons

Oxford University Press

After brief orientation, a first section discusses the treatment of catalogue poetry in Homeric scholarship, with emphasis on recent theories that see the form as a template for narrative or a device for oral composition. A second section is devoted to a definition of the catalogue form and establishes some useful terminology. A third section discusses challenges to interpretation posed by literary catalogues and lists, with emphasis on problems raised by scholars outside of Classics. A final section reorients the problem relative to the Greek epic tradition specifically, using as its starting point some provocative remarks of Pietro Pucci.

Keywords:   catalogue, list, narrative, “oral theory”, Analysts, catalogic, katalegein, “lists in literature”

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