Nagy, Gregory. 2013. The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.ebook:CHS_NagyG.The_Ancient_Greek_Hero_in_24_Hours.2013. Abridged edition 2019.
Hour 2. Achilles as epic hero and the idea of total recall in song
The meaning of memnēmai
Hour 2 Text A
Phoenix and his total recall
The idea of kleos as a medium of total recall
Hour 2 Text B (which includes Text A)
The idea of kleos as epic narrative
Hour 2 Text C
An epic tale told by Phoenix
The form of epic poetry
(“— ” = long syllable, “u” = short syllable)
To sing the klea andrōn, ‘glories of men’
Hour 2 Text D
The klea andrōn, ‘glories of men’, as heroic song
The epic poetry of kleos is a performance. And, as we have seen, this performance is figured as a kind of singing.
The concept of a speech act
Back to the epic tale told by Phoenix
Hour 2 Text E
The emotions of fear and pity
When you yourself are suffering, you feel grief. When you feel fear or pity, you are repelled by or attracted to the grief.
In the film Bladerunner, which I cited already in Hour 1§33, there are two scenes that illustrate the idea that the musical recalling of a memory is the “same thing” as the reliving of an experience, with all its emotions. If you “recall” someone else’s experience by way of song or music, then that experience and all its emotions become your own, even if they had not been originally yours.