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By Irene J.F. de Jong, René Nünlist

This can be the second one quantity of a brand new narratological historical past of historical Greek lietrature, which bargains with points of time: the order within which occasions are narrated, the volume of time dedicated to the naration, and the variety of instances they're provided.

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322–323);25 it does not seem unreasonable to suppose that this is what flashes through Achilles’ mind when he looks at Hector. Once the Odyssean narrator inserts a very long example, the external analepsis on Odysseus’ scar, which was inflicted on him in his youth by a boar (Od. 393–466). I take this passage to be focalized by his old nurse Euryclea:26 at the moment she recognizes the scar the story behind it flashes through her mind. g. Zeus telling Hera that ‘glorious Hector will kill Patroclus’, Il.

488–492), a hero’s wound (Il. 809; cf. 581–592), or Calypso giving Odysseus clothes (Od. 321, 372; cf. 12 They seem to serve as reminders for the benefit of the narratees. Occasionally a special effect is intended, as when the narrator remarks that the Trojans, chased by Achilles, are running out over the plain towards the city, ‘where the Greeks had been driven back terrorstruck on the day before, when glorious Hector was raging’ (Il. 4– 5). Another memorable example occurs exactly halfway through the Odyssey, when Odysseus’ sufferings thus far are recapitulated, just as he is about to return home to face his final challenge (Od.

84–91; Od. 93–95. 487–488. f. 7 If we consider the fabula of the Iliad to be the ten years of the Trojan war (cf. 329–330), and that of the Odyssey the twenty years of Odysseus’ absence from Ithaca (cf. 175), we clearly see how the Homeric narrator has employed the in medias res technique. 221–257), he has chosen a point in the middle, or rather, near the end, just before the fall of Troy and Odysseus’ return home. 8 Through the in medias res the narrator not only starts at a dramatic moment, but also, concentrating on a short period of time, gives his narrative thematic unity: in the Iliad the wrath of Achilles, in the Odyssey the reunion of Odysseus with his country, family, and people.

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