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Defining Greek Narrative$
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Douglas Cairns and Ruth Scodel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748680108

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680108.001.0001

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Beyond Auerbach: Homeric Narrative and the Epic Of Gilgamesh

Beyond Auerbach: Homeric Narrative and the Epic Of Gilgamesh

2 Beyond Auerbach: Homeric Narrative and the Epic Of Gilgamesh
Defining Greek Narrative

Johannes Haubold

Edinburgh University Press

A comparison between Homer and the Epic of Gilgamesh shows that the famous comparison of Homer with the Hebrew Bible in Auerbach's Mimesis was essentially right. The Homeric epics offer a seductive narrative surface that seems immediately graspable, while Gilgamesh constantly points to hidden depths. However, Homer's vividness, enargeia, is not as superficial as it may seem, and Homer and Gilgamesh share reflections on the human condition and push their audiences to go beyond external appearances. Reconsidering Auerbach also raises the broader issue of how we can define ‘Greekness’

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