Divine Intervention and Disguise in Homer’s Iliad

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dc.contributor.advisor Christensen, Joel
dc.contributor.author Jankulla, Joana
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-22T17:32:58Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-22T17:32:58Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10192/35788
dc.description.abstract Homer’s Iliad, a 24-book epic detailing the events of the Trojan War, is a critical work which raises questions and themes about the relationship of divine beings and mortals in literature. The intervention of gods and goddesses in this work presents them as major plot devices. Two types of interventions occur: non-disguise interventions and disguise interventions. Non-disguise interventions are when divine beings come down to a mortal as their recognizable selves. Disguise interventions are when divine beings appear to a mortal undercover in disguise. These disguise interventions fall into two categories: unrecognized disguises (when mortals do not know that a god or goddess is in disguise) and recognized disguises (when mortals have the revelation that a god or goddess is speaking to them in disguise). This thesis will analyze most non-disguise and disguise scenes in the Iliad. I reach the conclusion that deities have different reasons for intervention and disguise, in ways that both affect the plot of the epic and insinuate to a higher purpose of intervention in Greek religion.
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Joana Jankulla 2018
dc.title Divine Intervention and Disguise in Homer’s Iliad
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Classical Studies
dc.degree.name BA
dc.degree.level Bachelors
dc.degree.discipline Classical Studies
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, College of Arts and Sciences


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