Agamemnon, the Pathetic Despot: Reading Characterization in Homer


      Agamemnon, the Pathetic Despot: Reading Characterization in Homer
Agamemnon led a ten year long struggle at Troy only to return home and die a pathetic death at his wife s hands Yet while Agamemnon s story exerts an outsize influence rivalled by few epic personalities on the poetic narratives of the Iliad and Odyssey, scholars have not adequately considered his full portrait What was Agamemnon like as a character for Homer and his audience More fundamentally, how should we approach the topic of characterization itself, following the discoveries of Milman Parry, Albert Lord, and their successors Andrew Porter explains the expression of characterization in Homer s works, from an oral traditional point of view, and through the resonance of words, themes, and back stories from both the past and future He analyzes Agamemnon s character traits in the Iliad, including his qualities as a leader, against events such as his tragic homecoming narrative in the Odyssey Porter s findings demonstrate that there is a traditional depth of characterization embedded in the written pages of these once oral epics, providing a shared connection between the ancient singer and his listeners. Read Agamemnon, the Pathetic Despot: Reading Characterization in Homer Author Andrew Porter – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

Andrew Porter born 26 August 1928 , is a British music critic, scholar, organist, and opera director Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

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  • 275 pages
  • Agamemnon, the Pathetic Despot: Reading Characterization in Homer
  • Andrew Porter
  • 06 October 2018
  • 0674984455

5 thoughts on “ Agamemnon, the Pathetic Despot: Reading Characterization in Homer

  1. says:

    Meh.The title probably should have warned me that this wasn t the book that would provide me with a complex analysis of the character that I was so hoping for, but I bought it anyway because I thought even if it takes the route of painting Agamemnon as some kind of evil villain, at least it ll be amusing However, this book was at best boring and at worst incorrect, though perhaps a better word would be disingenuous It read to me as though the author wanted to depict Agamemnon as a one Meh.The title probably should have warned me that this wasn t the book that would provide me with a complex analysis of the character that I was so hoping for, but I bought it anyway because I thought even if it takes the route of painting Agamemnon as some kind of evil villain, at least it ll be amusing However, this book was at best boring and at worst incorrect, thou...

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