Space as protagonist in the narrative of the Iliad

Güner, Havva Gizem
This thesis examines the storytelling of the Iliad of Homer through the spaces that are narrated within the epic. It investigates how through elaborate characterization, these spaces become protagonists in the narrative. Having identities of their own, the spaces of the Iliad occupy a significant part of the textual narration, in constant dialogue with the heroic characters. The multifaceted perceptions of space that are closely intertwined with the plot pave the way to the performance of spatial politics and the heroic hierarchies while narrating the progress of the Trojan War. The spatially anchored narrative of the Iliad thus highlights the space occupied by the bodies of its characters as well as structuring a clear organization of action in a triple configuration: the plain at the centre, flanked by Troy and the Achaean Camp on either side. In doing so, the narrative enables visualizing the actions the epic holds as well as reflecting on the inner psyche of its characters. As this thesis focuses on how spaces are narrated within the Iliad, it looks into how spaces are used to narrate the story to the audience through examining how the characters of the Iliad use and interpret those spaces. 


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H. G. Güner, “Space as protagonist in the narrative of the Iliad,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.