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Flesh and Spirit in the Songs of Homer

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  • 394 Nombre de pages
This text offers an integrated interpretation of Homeric man. The author starts with the working hypothesis that, in this poetry, ... Lire la suite
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This text offers an integrated interpretation of Homeric man. The author starts with the working hypothesis that, in this poetry, the human being is not divided into two parts - inner and outer; body and soul; flesh and spirit - but stands as an indivisible unity.

A closely argued but very readable study of Homeric life and death, based on a doctoral dissertation. Clarke's central thesis is that a distinction between soul and body (misleadingly characterized as "modern") is foreign to epic poetry.

Auteur
Michael Clarke is a Lecturer at the Department of Ancient Classics, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

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This book offers a newly integrated interpretation of Homeric man. The author starts with the working hypothesis that, in this poetry, the human being is not divided into two parts - inner and outer; body and soul; flesh and spirit - but stands as an indivisible unity. The last part of this analysis leads to a reassessment of the Homeric psuche.



Résumé
In the epics of Homer people experience emotions, carry out thought, express themselves, suffer death, and survive in a shadowy afterlife. When Homer describes these processes he reveals his sense of human identity; his conception of the self and its relation to the visible body. Despite many generations of study a fully satisfactory account of that conception has never been offered, partly because analyses of word-meanings, world-picture, and literary tradition have proceeded along separate paths. This book offers a newly integrated interpretation of Homeric man. The author starts with the working hypothesis that, in this poetry, the human being is not divided into two parts - inner and outer; body and soul; flesh and spirit - but stands as an indivisible unity. Thought and emotion are precisely the same as the movement of breath, blood, and fluids in the breast; the thinking self and the visible flesh are inextricably united, with no sense of man having either a mind or a body as a constituent part of himself; and at death the journey to the Underworld is fundamentally the same as the descent of the corpse into the soil. The last part of this analysis leads to a reassessment of the Homeric psuche, an entity which leaves the mouth at death and whose name is often misleadingly translated as soul. This study of the psuche leads to a new view of life in the Underworld, with wider implications for the study of the interrelation between myth, poetic narrative, and the meanings of early Greek words.

Détails sur le produit

Titre: Flesh and Spirit in the Songs of Homer
Sous-titre: A Study of Words and Myths
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9780198152637
ISBN: 978-0-19-815263-7
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Oxford University Press
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 394
Poids: 630g
Taille: H224mm x B144mm x T26mm
Année: 2000