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Seeing the Unseen in Homer’s Iliad (E. John and Cleo A. Rumpakis Lecture)
Start Date: 2/16/2017Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 2/16/2017End Time: 10:00 PM

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Seeing the Unseen in Homer’s Iliad (Rumpakis Lecture)

Dr. Hayden Pelliccia
Cornell University

The Homeric narrator sees things that we, his audience, would have seen had we been on the scene, and things we would not have seen, e.g., the gods. Sometimes the narrative allows entities belonging to the unseen world to move into the seen world (or vice-versa): a god can make him-/herself visible to ordinary mortals, for example (epiphany). The quasi-theological rules that govern this arrangement are also rules for the visualization of the action, as proposed for tragic poets by Aristotle (Poetics ch. 17). In this talk I will explain and illustrate the Homeric rules as they normally operate, and then look at some places where they are put under strain. I will also consider some early evidence for audience awareness of the rules.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Law School  (View Map)
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380
Room: 201 -- Paulus Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Ortwin Knorr, Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology
Phone: 503-370-6029

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