s big swoon : a case of innovation within the epic tradition ? *

In book 5 of the Iliad Sarpedon suffers so greatly from a wound that his ‘χψξ$ leaves him’. Rather than dying, however, Sarpedon lives to fight another day. This paper investigates the phrase τ&ν δ) λ+πε χψξ$ in extant archaic Greek poetry to gain a sense of its traditional referentiality and better assess the meaning of Sarpedon’s swoon. Finding that all… CONTINUE READING