Migalhas do banquete homérico

Translated title of the contribution: Crumbs from the Homeric banquet

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Reading both the Homeric Poems tends to cause in the reader the impression that the archaic worldview conceived human life as the constant traveling between two main stages, namely the war and the feasts stages. By assigning to each of these spheres ofnaction different weights, given the specificities of the corresponding narrative contexts, each book grounds in those two symbolic spaces their respective heroes’ actions: while in the Iliad it is detailed how, in Troy, as toys possessed by capricious gods, barely surviving the violentnonslaughts of their enemies, the warriors glean the nourishing land for liveliness in sharing food, in the Odyssey, after recognizing the cartography of Ithaca, Odysseus will put an end to the grim list of his pains, ending with brutal carnage the criminal feast of Penelope’s suitors, in his own palace. In this text we shall address the expressiveness of the food theme in Homeric poetry, from the multiplicity of angles the perspectivization therein offers. From a grounding linguistic approach, together with historical, sociological and religious aspects, we shall focus our analysis particularly on the symbolic dimension, which seems to poetically reflect both the archaic (conscious) worldview, but also the constant (inconscious) flow of human imagination on this topic.
Translated title of the contributionCrumbs from the Homeric banquet
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationDa mesa dos sentidos aos sentidos da mesa
EditorsCarmen Soares, Anny Jackeline Torres Silveira, Bruno Laurioux
Place of PublicationCoimbra
PublisherImprensa da Universidade de Coimbra
ISBN (Electronic)9789892620602
ISBN (Print)9789892620626
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event4º Colóquio DIAITA Luso-Brasileiro de História e Culturas da Alimentação – Da Mesa aos Sentidos da Mesa
- Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 25 Oct 201727 Oct 2017
Conference number: 4

Publication series

NameEstudos monográficos
ISSN (Print)2183-6523


Conference4º Colóquio DIAITA Luso-Brasileiro de História e Culturas da Alimentação – Da Mesa aos Sentidos da Mesa


  • Greek Literature
  • Homer
  • Iliad
  • Odyssey
  • Formularity
  • Nourishment
  • Imagination
  • Memory


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