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Equine Poetics (Paperback) (Ryan Platte)

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Equine Poetics is a literary analysis of horses and horsemanship in early Greek epic and lyric poetry, especially those facets that reflect the prehistory of Greek language and culture.

The book begins with Ryan Platte’s analysis of Homeric formulas for horses, proposing a model by which most such formulas may be understood as members of a single verbal network, with roots in preliterate antiquity. He then considers the poetic relationship between horses and humans, leading to an analysis of the figure of the metapoetic charioteer. Finally, the work compares myths featuring chariot races and bridal contests, focusing on the supposed mythological inventiveness of Pindar’s Olympian 1.

Platte develops a methodology rooted in oral verse mechanics to understand contest-based mythical parallels that have defied easy historical explanations—in Greece and beyond. Drawing from the fields of comparative poetics and historical linguistics, Equine Poetics sheds new light on fascinating and puzzling aspects of these central figures in early Greek verbal art.

Number of Pages: 142
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: Horses
Series Title: Hellenic Studies
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
Author: Ryan Platte
Language: English
Street Date: April 24, 2017
TCIN: 51837817
UPC: 9780674975705
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-3183
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