Belonging in Ancient Greek Oral Tradition

  • Blaž Zabel Durham University, Department of Classics and Ancient History
Keywords: orality, oral poetry, belonging, Homeric Hymn to Artemis, ancient Greek oral tradition


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.


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Author Biography

Blaž Zabel, Durham University, Department of Classics and Ancient History
Blaž Zabel, PhD student in Classics at Durham University. My research interests include: relations between classical literature and world literature, orality in classical and world literature, and philosophy of education.


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How to Cite
Zabel, B. (2017). Belonging in Ancient Greek Oral Tradition. Between, 7(13).
Belonging in Expression and Representation