The cognitive linguistics of Homeric surprise

Authored by: Alexander S. W. Forte

The Routledge Handbook of Classics and Cognitive Theory

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138913523
eBook ISBN: 9781315691398
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By combining recent phenomenological approaches to emotion along with historical and cognitive linguistics, this chapter argues for a new way of identifying and understanding surprise in the Homeric poems. On the basis of these findings, a new etymology is presented for Gk. θάμβος.

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