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Where Words Belong: Style, Formula, and Intertext in Greek Hexameter - Stephen Sansom (Cornell University)

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 4:30pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, G22
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Greek Epic poetry was a traditional art. Rhapsodes such as Homer spun similar songs, recycled themes and phrases, and even placed words in the same metrical position with economic regularity. What does it mean, then, when a word breaks tradition and strays from its typical place in the hexameter? How might this shift affect the audience’s expectations? And how can we use computers to gather and mobilize the abundance of textual data on the position of words? In this talk, Stephen Sansom applies digital techniques to reinterpret the localization of words in Greek Epic and their ramifications on poetic style, traditional language, and the relationship between passages and texts.

Stephen Sansom is a postdoctoral associate at Cornell in the department of Classics.

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