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Epic Facework

Self-presentation and Social Interaction in Homer

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Epic Facework by Ruth Scodel
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Homer's characters are often very far from an unreflecting struggle for status at others' expense. Rather than being a 'zero-sum game', their negotiations can be of an impressive delicacy, designed to protect the 'face' of the other. Gifts and visible deference are important measures of honour, but characters also care about what others really feel. This sensitive study reveals that at the beginnings of (surviving) Greek literature Homer's audience is expected to appreciate psychology and self-control of a very high order. Literary analysts, historians, anthropologists and indeed archaeologists will have much to learn here about the general level of sophistication of the historic and prehistoric societies which generated such deeply civilized poetry.

Author Biography

Ruth Scodel, of the University of Michigan, is an internationally-respected analyst of Greek literature.
Release date NZ
October 10th, 2008
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Classical Press of Wales
Pages
200
Dimensions
155x236x15
ISBN-13
9781905125227
Product ID
2668312

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