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295 and Od. 9 Penelope washes the shroud and it shines like the sun or the moon-a measure of its brightness-just as pitch is a measure of blackness (Od. 277). Closely related to similes of measurement is one which expresses shape. 455). To conclude, exact measure cannot be given by similes. But the poet has little need for exact measure and uses the simile to give an approximate idea of standards of quantity and quality. This much can be determined about the placement of the simile by looking solely at its context.
23). Though Poseidon does not drive the whole way, the horses take him most of the way to Troy. 340. ad. 44, and ad. 6 The fact that each of these passages contains lines which are repeated in this type of scene and no other is good evidence that such divine preparation was traditionally sung in a scene of a god journeying between worlds: He spoke and ~ th h harnassed bronze-hoofed horses to the char· Gomg ere e iot, swift horses with long golden manes; and he put gold armor about himself and took his gold whip, well-made, and climbed into his chariot.
Astyanax has a part in the Hector-Andromache scene, and the rather housewifely Helen of the Odyssey is an interesting addition for the listener who knew the full epic cycle, but beyond their own scenes these characters do not enter the plot. 401, and Od. 122). Even characters in a short narration can be made momentarily larger by a simile, as Iphitus, who gave the bow to Odysseus, and Theseus, a fellow warrior of Nestor, are both like gods (Od. 14, Od. 638). This woman plays no significant role in this scene nor in the rest of the Iliad.
The oral nature of the Homeric simile by William C Scott