Nina De Kreij

My DPhil project is a study of all expressions of comparison in Homeric Greek, including comparisons whose result is a similarity or equality between the two constituents that are being compared, and those whose result is a difference or inequality. My approach is primarily linguistic in that I am establishing a typology of all the syntactic types of comparison that appear in the Homeric epics. I am also looking at the semantics of the different kinds of comparisons, exploring, for example, what the difference is between comparatives and superlatives. Apart from these linguistic aspects, a key question of my research concerns the usage of comparisons in a specifically literary composition, epic poetry.