Acting the exegete : homeric quotation and interpretation in imperial literary symposia

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This doctoral dissertation analyzes the surprisingly common presence of Homer in imperial literary symposia, i.e. fictionalized dinner conversations in the early Roman Empire, where characters often cite the already ancient poetry. Unlike past studies of text reuse at these dinner parties, this dissertation takes the setting seriously and treats these quotations from the standpoint of performance. Through the societally approved use of Homer the elite justifies its privileged position and establishes a hierarchy within itself, and these texts either accept this ideology or reject it through parody. Such an approach not only explains the role of Homer at table, but also why learning how to present and interpret poetry is a vital skill cross-culturally.


Type of resource text
Form electronic; electronic resource; remote
Extent 1 online resource.
Publication date 2016
Issuance monographic
Language English


Associated with Driscoll, David Franklin
Associated with Stanford University, Department of Classics.
Primary advisor Martin, Richard P
Thesis advisor Martin, Richard P
Thesis advisor Bowie, Ewen
Thesis advisor Peponi, Anastasia-Erasmia
Advisor Bowie, Ewen
Advisor Peponi, Anastasia-Erasmia


Genre Theses

Bibliographic information

Statement of responsibility David Franklin Driscoll.
Note Submitted to the Department of Classics.
Thesis Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2016.
Location electronic resource

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© 2016 by David Franklin Driscoll

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