Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

A Poetics of Competition in Conjugal Bedroom Conversation in the "Iliad", the "Odyssey", and the "Argonautica"

Buy Article:

$30.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

Both aggressive and non-aggressive strategies of competition pervade the poetics of the "Iliad", the "Odyssey", and the "Argonautica", shaping the expression of narrator-ethos and implicit standards of poetic quality. Studying a poetics of competition in scenes of conjugal bedroom conversation in Il. 3.421–448, Od. 23.295–343, and A. R. 4.1068–1111 benefits understanding of the text-immanent strategies employed to achieve and advertise the superior quality of these poems. The poetics of competition in Il. 3.421–448 can be read against Middle-Eastern poetry and the Epic Cycle, that of Od. 23.295–343 against the Iliad and perhaps lost Nostoi-traditions, while A. R. 4.1068–1111 engages not just the Odyssey, but also Herodotus 3.134 f., the "Dios apate" in Il. 14, and Peripatetic and Alexandrian scholarship.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2020

More about this publication?
  • Hermes, founded in 1866 and currently edited by Hans Beck, Marcus Deufert and Martin Hose, is an international, peer-reviewed journal on Greek and Roman antiquity. It focuses on linguistics, literature as well as history. It features original articles in English, German, French and Italian.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Submit a Paper
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more