By A. J. Koster
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Many of us would be surprised to consider the Teichoskopia a “filler” used to occupy the time required by the heralds’ displacement. ” Homer can extend or compress a journey at will. 310–13). But Zielinski’s interpretation is interesting because it suggests that Homer actually created or sought out opportunities for the insertion of simultaneous action, rather than considering it a problem to be avoided. Zielinski here also slips in an 48 49 For a refutation, see N¨unlist (1998). Rengakos (1995) offers the most detailed account and refutation of Zielinski’s interpretations of specific Homeric passages.
32 An 86-year-old traditional Gaelic storyteller, who claimed to tell the old stories “just the way I heard it,” described how he “saw” the story: [O]nce you get started on it, and it’s there in your mind, you can see the whole thing before you there. All you have to do is follow it . . 33 In so far as a story can be visualized as an itinerary, it can be mapped, and that cartographical representation offers a spatial version of the verbal plot. 34 But lest it be thought that such “plotting” and visualizing is only a feature of oral or illiterate societies, I refer the reader to Nabokov’s wonderful Lectures on Literature and his various maps and plans of Gregor Samsa’s apartment and Dr.
95–102). But this panoramic vision of the massed multitude of Achaean naval power also prepares for the great battle of Book 15 when the Greeks are driven back almost to the sea and their ships threatened with destruction. ) In addition, Homer’s sweeping seascape offers a wide-angle perspective on the Greek encampment, whose details 6 For the textual and interpretive difficulties here, see Janko (1992) on lines 30–36. Envisioning Troy 43 are filled in by numerous other passages that allow the audience to grasp its physical and narrative configuration.