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FT-53346-05

Alex Claire Purves
University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)

Bodies of Gods: Corporeality and Divinity in the Archaic Greek Epic

My project is to complete the first section of a book-length study on the physical composition of immortal bodies in early Greek epic (Homer, Hesiod, and the Homeric Hymns). BODIES OF GODS investigates the way that the divine figure acts in both the mortal and immortal world. It considers how the gods inhabit their bodies, how they regenerate them, and how the different parts of their anatomy work. Section 1 of the book, to be completed during the 2 month period of the fellowship, examines how the immortal body engages with the physics of human space and time through the three categories of size, weight, and speed.

Project fields:
Classics

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2005 – 9/30/2005