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The Artistry of the Homeric Simile
William C. Scott

Dartmouth College Press



Contents

• Preface
• Similes, the Shield of Achilles, and Other Digressions
• The Usefulness of Book Divisions
• The Simileme: The Background of the Homeric Simile
• The Oral Nature of Homeric Verse
• The Simileme
• Homer and His Audience
• Simile and Simileme
• Homer’s Use of Similes to Delineate Character and Plot
• Iliad, Book 2: Ironic Characterization
• The Similes of Book 2
• The Role of Similes in Book 2
• Iliad, Books 21 and 22: Similes to Show a Thematic Contrast
• Iliad, Book 11: Similes to Mark a Shifting Scene
• Conclusion
• Similes to Delineate a Narrative Theme
• Iliad, Book 12: Direct Focus on a Single Theme
• Iliad, Book 5: The Use of Parallel Similemes to Create a Unified Theme
• Odyssey, Book 22: Similes to Interpret Typical Actions
• Odyssey, Book 5: Thematic Similes
• Conclusion
• Problem Books
• Iliad, Book 13: The Ordering of Conscious Chaos
• Iliad, Book 17: Similes as Guides through a Series of Type Scenes
• Iliad, Book 16: Similes for Complexity
• Conclusion
• The Creative Poet and the Co-creating Audience
• The Simile within the Narrative
• The Poet’s Choices in Forming the Individual Simile
• The Creative Moment: Poet and Audience
• Charts of Similemes: The Basic Motifs
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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