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Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrative$
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Alessandro Barchiesi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161815

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161815.001.0001

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The Death of Pallas

The Death of Pallas

Intertextuality and Transformation of the Epic Model

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(p.1) Chapter 1 The Death of Pallas
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Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrative
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Alessandro Barchiesi

, Ilaria Marchesi, Matt Fox
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161815.003.0001

This chapter pays attention to the relation between the transformation of the Homeric model (the moment of origin and construction of the new epic work) and what the Aeneid seeks to convey to its readers; and that it may also involve Vergil's attempt to construct a radically new “epic addressee.” An area particularly suited to this inquiry is a portion of the text where a maximum of Homeric redundancy occurs with a maximum of purposeful information: the episode of Pallas's death in book 10, a complex synthesis of Homeric imitation and at the same time a turning point in the plot of the Aeneid.

Keywords:   Homeric model, Pallas, death, intertextuality, epic model, Patrokleia

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