Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Hostname: page-component-848d4c4894-tn8tq Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-06-17T03:21:27.490Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

3 - Ritual Scenes and Epic Themes of Oath-Sacrifice

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 February 2011

Margo Kitts
Affiliation:
Iowa State University
Get access

Summary

The theories outlined in chapter 1 and the cultural principles and premises described in Chapter 2 provide us with lenses through which we now can examine the Iliad's two complete oath sacrifices of Books 3 and 19. In the first part of this chapter, we shall examine each element of the oath-sacrificing ritual scene, as well as the cohesion of its elements into a liturgical order, as defined in Chapter 1. As part of this examination, we shall weigh each element in the oath-sacrificing scene against other instances of that same element as displayed in other ritual events in the Iliad, and also against a handful of conspicuously similar events referred to in Near Eastern texts. To explore the cohesion of the ritual's various elements we shall attempt to trace the intertextual tensions between the apparent performance pattern of the ritual and the typical poetic scene of oath-sacrifice, relying on theories introduced in Chapter 1.

The second part of this chapter has a more elusive aim, which is to gauge the extent to which a resonance between ritual slaughter and battlefield slaughter, if any, could have been intuited by ancient audiences to the Iliad. To establish that there was such a resonance, we first shall explore some shared lexical features between the oath-sacrificing ritual scene and certain killing and dying scenes, to illuminate some common narrative shapes and themes.

Type
Chapter
Information
Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society
Oath-Making Rituals in the Iliad
, pp. 115 - 187
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2005

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

Save book to Kindle

To save this book to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about saving to your Kindle.

Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

Available formats
×

Save book to Dropbox

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Dropbox.

Available formats
×

Save book to Google Drive

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Google Drive.

Available formats
×