The Poetics of Consent: Collective Decision Making and the Iliad


Reviewers review the book they would have written, the formula goes. Would that this reviewer had written such a book. At one level, The Poetics of Consent is an in-depth study of one word, epainos ('approval'), and its occurrences throughout the Iliad. But, in Elmer's expert hands, it becomes the means, like an Ariadne thread (p. 2), of tracing a way through the Iliads politics and poetics. Combining - Muse-like - attention to detail with the bigger picture, this book will be a trustworthy companion for future generations of Homeric scholar


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