Abstract

This essay explores how death is configured in Homer's Iliad through the androktasia (the formulaic description of the death of a warrior). What Homer emphasizes is the pathos of the bereaved survivor(s); the physical and usually brutal aspects of dying; and, through epic simile, a perspective that places death in a broader and deeper context.

Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6571
Print ISSN
0278-9671
Pages
pp. 181-196
Launched on MUSE
1998-10-01
Open Access
No
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