Orality, Literacy, Memory in the Ancient Greek and Roman by E. A. Mackay (editor)

By E. A. Mackay (editor)

The amount represents the 7th within the sequence on Orality and Literacy within the historic Greek and Roman Worlds. It contains a suite of essays at the importance and dealing of reminiscence in historic texts and visible documentation, from contexts either oral (or oral-derived) and literate. The authors speak about quite a few interpretations of 'memory' in Homeric epic, lyric poetry, tragedy, old inscriptions, oratory, and philosophy, in addition to within the replication of historical works of art, and in Greek vase inscriptions. They current for that reason a wide-ranging research of reminiscence as a primary college underlying the construction and reception of texts and fabric documentation in a society that gently moved from an basically oral to an basically literate tradition.

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Meanwhile heralds go to Achilleus (327-28); they return with Briseis, now destined to be Agamemnon’s war-prize (347-348). At this point Achilleus goes to the sea shore and prays to his mother (348-50), who rises up from the deep and sits with her son (35960); they talk and she leaves him (428). Later, acting on his request, she leaves her home in the sea depths for Olympos, to intercede on his behalf with Zeus, who, conveniently for Thetis, sits a little way apart from the other gods (495-97, 498-99).

The discourse markers in the form of enclitic particles (such as δ’) that occupy the so-called “second position” (Wackernagel’s law) represent an interesting case. The phenomenon of clitics in second position has recently been re-interpreted in terms of intonational relevance: despite their syntactic irrelevance, they play an important role at the prosodic level (which may be connected in turn with their pragmatic role); see Fraser (2001) and Taylor (1996). Under this perspective clitics belong to the sentence initial group of words, in terms of intonational, prosodic and pragmatic relevance.

Likewise, Margaret Atwood, in The Penelopiad (an interesting text to compare with Homer), makes little effort to document movement and setting as a pre-requisite for speech and action. On the other hand, many works of contemporary literature, just like everyday storytelling, set a high value on location. Jay McInerney’s The Good Life: A Novel is reminiscent of everyday talk in its concern with movement and place. SPATIAL MEMORY AND THE COMPOSITION OF THE ILIAD 23 as I have noted above, location is necessary to any narrative genre, and especially oral narratives.

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