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By Johannes Haubold

This ebook examines the function and personality of Homer's humans, laoi, in Homeric story-telling, arguing that Homeric poetry is crucially fascinated with the folk as a foundation for communal existence. either The Iliad and The Odyssey are learn as sustained meditations at the strategies focused on retaining and destroying the folk. The research attracts on a variety of techniques from formulaic research to the examine of early functionality contexts. From an in depth analyzing of the Homeric epics, Homer's humans turn out to be a group with out potent social constructions. while this is often considered from the viewpoint of Homeric performances within the polis, a distinction among Homer's laoi and the founding humans of formality emerges. whereas the previous often perish, the survival of the latter is secured by means of the institution of profitable institutions.

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