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.