Le rôle de l'adjectif καλός dans les descriptions homériques

Nicolas Bertrand 1
1 BCL, équipe Linguistique de l’énonciation
BCL - Bases, Corpus, Langage (UMR 7320 - UNS / CNRS)
Abstract : In this paper I study the uses of the runover adjective καλός, which is a means for the Homeric narrator to introduce many descriptions. I show that this use is not part of a formulaic system but indicates through traditional referentiality the special status of the object described. That object is frequently a symbol (σῆμα) of its owner or has a great symbolic force in the narrative, and the function of καλός is to mark it as such. Moreover, when καλός introduces the description of a seemingly unimportant ob-ject, it can be used to signpost decisive steps in the narrative or to highlight its structure.
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Nicolas Bertrand. Le rôle de l'adjectif καλός dans les descriptions homériques. Revue de philologie, de littérature et d'histoire anciennes , Klincksieck 2019, 91 (2). ⟨hal-02361003⟩

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