A Diachronic Metapoetics of Reception: Homeric κλέος and Biblical זרע (zera‘)

Book Section (Chapter)

This article compares two examples (Greek and Hebrew) of what I call the "metapoetics of reception." These are instances in which the composition of a traditional work over the longue durée (here, the Iliad and the Hebrew scriptures) reflects the interaction by its authors with earlier textual stages of same work. I argue that understanding this dialectic of composition and reception is essential if one is to grasp aright the shifting meaning of key terms like κλέος or זרע.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • González, JM

Published Date

  • 2015

Book Title

  • Diachrony: Diachronic Studies of Ancient Greek Literature and Culture

Start / End Page

  • 79 - 179

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  • 101