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Homer's Divine Audience: The Iliad's Reception on Mount Olympus

Tobias Myers


This book lays out and explores a new ‘metaperformative’ approach to scenes of divine viewing, counsel, and intervention in the Iliad. Critics have often described the gods’ activities in terms of attendance at a ‘show’ and have suggested analogies to theatre and sports, but have done little to investigate the particular strategies by which the poet conveys the impression of gods attending a live, staged event. This book’s analysis of those strategies points to a ‘metaperformative’ significance to the motif of divine viewing: the poet is using the gods, in part, to model and thereby manipulate ... More

Keywords: Homer, Iliad, Zeus, oral poetry, Olympians, Greek gods, metaperformative, metapoetics, spectacle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198842354
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198842354.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tobias Myers, author
Assistant Professor of Classics, Connecticut College