• Archilochus’ Cologne Epode and Homer’s Quivering Spear (fr. 196a.52 IEG2)

    Author(s):
    Thomas J. Nelson (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome
    Subject(s):
    Classics, Greek poetry, Archilochus, Allusions, Parody, Homer, Iliad (Homer)
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/r8nk-tf75
    Abstract:
    In this note, I highlight a hitherto unrecognized literary resonance in the climactic final verses of Archilochus' First Cologne Epode: Archilochus parodically and subversively reworks the Homeric description of a quivering spear. This Homeric resonance caps the poem's ongoing clash between the generic conventions of epic and iambus, while also adding a further hint towards how we might read the poem's enigmatic close.
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