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A Study on the Meanings of Dance in Ilias and Odyssei

MalborgKim 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study explores the meanings of dance which appeared in the Ilias and Odysseia written by Homeros. Iliad is the oldest extant work of the western literature and Odysseia is the second-oldest. These two epic poems are the origin of the Greek Spirit and used as the text for Ancient Greeks’ education and life. This study analyzed the meanings of dance and dance related terms such as dance hall, dancer, dancing party in the rhetorics of the poems. Dance was the arete for noble warriors and was thought as the central values in life with happiness, love, beauty, the art of war. And this study argues Homeros’ dance ideas expressed in his poems are the origin and base of the Greek epigram ‘apaideutos achoreutos’(a person is without culture who is without the dance) of the 4C BC. Plato explained what this epigram meant with vigor in the second book of Nomoi.

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