Zeus, Ancient Near Eastern Notions of Divine Incomparability, and Similes in the Homeric Epics

Classical Antiquity 31 (1):56-91 (2012)

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This article explores the significance of the following fact: in neither the Iliad nor the Odyssey does one find a simile about Zeus. I argue that just as ancient Near Eastern texts characterize a god by declaring it impossible to fashion a comparison about him or her, so the Homeric epics characterize Zeus by avoiding statements in the shape “Zeus like X.”
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DOI 10.1525/CA.2012.31.1.56
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