Aegean seals and oral literacy in Bronze Age Greece
Grace, Alynne C
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This paper will investigate the correlation between the epic poetry of Homer and his use of simile and metaphor in relation to Bronze Age seals. The use of simile and metaphor extends beyond poetry into the arts and crafts of the culture, including frescoes some inlaid daggers. Seals from the Bronze Age corroborate this evidence because the images depicted coincide with metaphors taken from the Iliad and the Odyssey. The images on seals depict basic representations of familiar similes rather than direct quotations from Homer. This leads to the conclusion that an oral tradition existed early in Aegean society and that the use of metaphor was incorporated in personal objects such as seals.