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dc.contributor.advisorCook, Erwin F.en
dc.creatorDobson, Nicholas Posten
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-24T21:00:40Zen
dc.date.available2011-06-24T21:00:40Zen
dc.date.issued2003-05en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/11956en
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dc.description.abstractArchaic Greek poetry evinces an inherited Indo-European opposition between praise and blame. Praise has traditionally been seen as the domain of epic and epinician poetry, while blame was putatively confined to the iambic genre. I contend that the defining characteristics of iambic poetry—invective, sex, deception, misogyny, and scatological humor—are vital elements of archaic Greek epic. In epic, just as in iambic, poetry, these characteristics are important determiners of status for individual characters and means by which bonds are formed and maintained among members of social groups. Both individuals and groups use “iambic” tactics in order to assert and enact their own social superiority and simultaneously to marginalize their opponents, who are often women or men equated with women. With these things in mind, I examine in-group invective, battlefield flyting, and the Dios Apate in the Iliad and the Tale of Ares and Aphrodite, psogos gunaikon in Agamemnon’s speeches to Odysseus and the newly-slain suitors in the underworld, and Odysseus’ Cretan Tales in the Odyssey.
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dc.language.isoengen
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dc.subjectEpic poetry, Greek--History and criticismen
dc.subjectIambic poetry, Greeken
dc.titleIambic elements in archaic Greek epicen
dc.description.departmentClassicsen
thesis.degree.departmentClassicsen
thesis.degree.disciplineClassicsen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
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