Homerische sprekers | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 51, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0165-8204
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1573



This contribution draws attention to the rhetorical aspects of Homeric poetry. Recent scholarship has shown that speeches in the and display various patterns, techniques and strategies of persuasion that were in later times taught by Greek and Roman rhetoricians. The first part of this essay explores the complex relationship between Homeric poetry and classical rhetoric. The second part examines the rhetorical techniques of Polyphemus, the Sirens, Calypso and Odysseus. It is argued that a rhetorical perspective on Homeric speeches can inform and enrich the reading experience of the . A few didactic applications are suggested.


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