Ancient Poetic Etymology

The Pelopids: Fathers and Sons
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ISBN-13:
9783515089395
Einband:
Buch
Seiten:
264
Autor:
Evanthia Tsitsibakou-Vasalos
Gewicht:
554 g
Format:
249x177x22 mm
Serie:
89, Palingenesia
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The potential of ancient Greek poetic etymologizing and its reception in antiquity are analyzed with new interpretive models.
The author studies poetic etymology in a holistic and integrative manner, as a tool of thematic and narrative unification. Select passages from Homer and archaic lyric poetry provide the matrix for etymological patterns; their validity is examined in an intertextual study of the names of Pelops and his kin.

This family exhibits a consistent naming system: the signifiers and signifieds of its male members manifest a lexical and semantic affinity; fathers and sons are linked with inherited linguistic and behavioral bonds. Pelops is given a focal position on account of his preeminence at Olympia and his polyvalent and polysemous name, in which the ambiguities and polarities of his mythic and cultic identity are embedded.