Belonging in Ancient Greek Oral Tradition

Blaž Zabel


In the paper I will discuss the notion of belonging in Ancient Greek oral tradition. I will argue that oral literature, because of the specific nature of oral language, promotes belonging to a particular locus, community and culture. I will demonstrate my argument with an analysis of Homeric Hymn to Artemis 9 and its expressions of belonging to polis Smyrna. In the conclusions I will discuss how all forms of literature, even written literature, to some extent posses these oral characteristics and thus promote belonging to a particular place and culture.


orality; oral poetry; belonging; Homeric Hymn to Artemis; ancient Greek oral tradition

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