Mark Janse (University of Ghent/Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard)

Prof. Mark Janse will offer a rhetorical and cognitive-linguistic analysis of Agamemnon's speech at Iliad 2.110-141, based on an article recently published in Symbolae Osloenses.

How to get your troops to go to battle by sending them home: A rhetorical and cognitive-linguistic analysis of Agamemnon’s speech at Iliad 2.110-141

In this seminar I show how Agamemnon’s reverse psychology rhetoric is meticulously crafted in his famous διάπειρα speech at Il. 2.110-141. Following the cognitive-linguistic approach to Homeric discourse presented in Janse (2020), I analyze the rhetorical force of the speech in terms of its colometry, word order and information structure.

Background reading: Janse, M. 2020. “Phrasing Homer: A Cognitive-Linguistic Approach to Homeric Versification”, Symbolae Osloenses 94, 2-32.

Published Aug. 25, 2021 6:08 PM - Last modified Sep. 5, 2021 1:00 PM