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Poetic, Royal, and Female Discourse: On the Physiology of Speech and Inspiration in Hesiod

Abstract : This article considers several related Hesiodic and Homeric passages that treat the categorically distinctive discourses attributed to poets, kings, and women. A complex system is uncovered that associates each type of speech with different substances, parts of the body, and ethical qualities. A hierarchic ranking is also perceived that situates poetic speech closer to that of the gods, female speech closer to that of animals, and royal speech ambiguously in-between.
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Bruce Lincoln. Poetic, Royal, and Female Discourse: On the Physiology of Speech and Inspiration in Hesiod. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2007, N.S.5, pp.205-220. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.2233⟩. ⟨halshs-02086313⟩

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