By Evanthia Tsitsibakou-Vasalos

ISBN-10: 351508939X

ISBN-13: 9783515089395

The opportunity of historic Greek poetic etymologizing and its reception in antiquity are analyzed with new interpretive versions. the writer experiences poetic etymology in a holistic and integrative demeanour, as a device of thematic and narrative unification. decide upon passages from Homer and archaic lyric poetry give you the matrix for etymological styles; their validity is tested in an intertextual learn of the names of Pelops and his relations. This kinfolk indicates a constant naming approach: the signifiers and signifieds of its male contributors take place a lexical and semantic affinity; fathers and sons are associated with inherited linguistic and behavioral bonds. Pelops is given a focal place because of his preeminence at Olympia and his polyvalent and polysemous identify, during which the ambiguities and polarities of his mythic and cultic id are embedded.

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8 . Obbink, Philodemus On Piety. Part 1. Critical Text with Commentary (Oxford 1996, p. 1 9). , a synonym of aneAavvw; see sch. bT n. 2 1 . 380. O'tUCPEA�fLV: OXAl]QW£ 'tU:rt'tfLV xat �AU:rttfLV. , however, sch. bT n. 7. 261 . wv'ta EO'tl]Of xat ei:'A lloev. Eust. n. 1 :239. 1 1 - 1 3 , orvcpeA(�w

572-73 , 579-80, 585; cf . 59596, 602). The success of "rousing" and "stirring" is validated in the simile that follows immediately thereafter; the endurance of the hard-pressed Greeks is ver­ balized ( 1 5 . lEVE ( 1 5 . 599) to see the baneful light, oEAa�, of the burning ships. la(vl1im (606), on the mountains. There follows a vivid description of the physi­ cal symptoms of madness : foam around the mouth, fiery eyes and frightening shaking of the helmet (607- 1 0), but all these are of no avail.

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