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The Archaeology of Greece and RomeStudies in Honour of Anthony Snodgrass$
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John Bintliff and N. Keith Rutter

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474417099

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417099.001.0001

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Homer’s Audience: What Did They See?

Homer’s Audience: What Did They See?

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(p.100) 5 Homer’s Audience: What Did They See?
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The Archaeology of Greece and Rome
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Annie Schnapp-Gourbeillon

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417099.003.0005

At his weekly seminar, Jean-Pierre Vernant used to begin his answer to a friend’s or a colleague’s question with these words: ‘écoute voir’, which could be translated as: ‘listen to see’. Of course, in our century saturated by images of all kinds, this sounds just like a verbal tic, but nevertheless it is significant of a certain form of perception of reality. Indeed, in an aniconic world like that of the auditors of the Homeric poems, the recitation of the verses leads to a very different reception of the poetic images they convey.

Keywords:   Homer, Greek(s), Troy, Achilles, Iliad

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