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Homer the Rhetorician Baukje van den Berg (Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Central European University)

Homer the Rhetorician By Baukje van den Berg (Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Central European University)

Summary

This volume analyses the rhetorical thought of Eustathios of Thessalonike in his monumental Commentary on the Iliad. Van den Berg examines Eustathios' presentation of Homer to an audience of aspiring writers in the Byzantine period.

Homer the Rhetorician Summary

Homer the Rhetorician: Eustathios of Thessalonike on the Composition of the Iliad by Baukje van den Berg (Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Central European University)

Homer the Rhetorician is the first monograph study devoted to the monumental Commentary on the Iliad by Eustathios of Thessalonike, one of the most renowned orators and teachers of the Byzantine twelfth century. Homeric poetry was a fixture in the Byzantine educational curriculum and enjoyed special popularity under the Komnenian emperors. For Eustathios, Homer was the supreme paradigm of eloquence and wisdom. Writing for an audience of aspiring or practising prose writers, he explains in his commentary what it is that makes Homer's composition so successful in rhetorical terms. This study explores the exemplary qualities that Eustathios recognizes in the poet as author and the Iliad as rhetorical masterpiece. In this way, it advances our understanding of the rhetorical thought of a leading intellectual and the role of a cultural authority as respected as Homer in one of the most fertile periods in Byzantine literary history.

About Baukje van den Berg (Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Central European University)

Baukje van den Berg is Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies at Central European University (Vienna). She obtained a PhD in Ancient Greek Literature from the University of Amsterdam in 2016, held postdoctoral positions at the University of Silesia in Katowice and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and was a fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in 2020. Her main research interests are Byzantine scholarship, Byzantine education, and the role of ancient literature in Byzantine culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1: The Proem to the Commentary on the Iliad: Eustathios' Hermeneutic Programme 2: The Skilful Composition of the Iliad 3: The Plausible Composition of the Iliad 4: The Gods and the Composition of the Iliad Epilogue Appendix I The Proem to the Commentary on the Iliad Appendix II Eustathios on Homeric Similes Appendix III Eustathios on Invocations of the Muses

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NPB9780192865434
9780192865434
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Homer the Rhetorician: Eustathios of Thessalonike on the Composition of the Iliad by Baukje van den Berg (Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Central European University)
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Oxford University Press
2022-07-07
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