Formal Analysis of Recognition Scenes in the Odyssey

Journal of Hellenic Studies 123: 41-59, 2003

20 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2015

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Peter Gainsford

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Date Written: 2003

Abstract

Type-scenes have been studied and analysed for over seventy years. This paper presents a more detailed analysis of one type-scene, the 'recognition scene', than has previously been attempted, with the aim of moving towards a better-structured understanding of the 'syntax' of type-scenes generally. The structure of the recognition scene is dissected into motifs and 'moves', all of which are tabulated; this is the core of the analysis. The ensuing points of clarification elaborate on the definitions and assumptions built into the analysis. Following this is an assessment of the 'syntax' and quantifiable elements of the recognition scene. The discussion closes with a general assessment of the more literary face of recognition scenes, discussing them in the context of the plan of the second half of the Odyssey.

Keywords: Homer, Greek epic, Odyssey, Type scene, Recognition, Anagnorisis

JEL Classification: Z00

Suggested Citation

Gainsford, Peter, Formal Analysis of Recognition Scenes in the Odyssey (2003). Journal of Hellenic Studies 123: 41-59, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2665954

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