This paper discusses a passage from the Iliad (18, 497-508) which is the most ancient literary source of a trial scene. The information given in this short epic text is limited and problematic, and therefore the explanations and interpretations have always been much-debated and varied. In this paper the author puts forward another observation about the value and function of the individual words used to describe the legal proceedings (the causes of the dispute, the characters, the setting, the objects and the gestures), and also finds that the text evokes certain institutional, political, juridical and religious aspects of the early archaic polis.

Una scena di giudizio nello Scudo di Achille (Omero, Iliade 18, 497-508)

Maria Grazia Fileni
2019-01-01

Abstract

This paper discusses a passage from the Iliad (18, 497-508) which is the most ancient literary source of a trial scene. The information given in this short epic text is limited and problematic, and therefore the explanations and interpretations have always been much-debated and varied. In this paper the author puts forward another observation about the value and function of the individual words used to describe the legal proceedings (the causes of the dispute, the characters, the setting, the objects and the gestures), and also finds that the text evokes certain institutional, political, juridical and religious aspects of the early archaic polis.
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