Draupadī on the Walls of Troy: Reabduction Narratives in Two Indo-European Epics, the Iliad and the Mahābhārata
Audio recording of a lecture given by Stephanie Jamison on April 21, 2023 as part of the Dean's Lecture & Concert Series. The Dean's Office has provided this description of the event: "A curious episode in Iliad, the Teikhoskopia (viewing from the wall), in which Helen is asked by her father-in-law Priam to identify the Greek warriors massed below the wall, is compared with another reabduction narrative in Indo-European epic, involving Draupadī, the wife of the five heroes of the Mahābhārata. The two episodes contain a remarkably similar network of incidents, which, furthermore, make sense within the larger Indic cultural paradigm. These close similarities shed light on the corresponding scene in the Iliad, which has long posed a problem in Homeric studies."
Santa Fe, NM
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