A New Companion to Homer (Brill's Paperback Collection)

A New Companion to Homer (Brill's Paperback Collection)

Language: English

Pages: 755

ISBN: 9004206086

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This volume is the first English-language survey of Homeric studies to appear for more than a generation, and the first such work to attempt to cover all fields comprehensively. Thirty leading scholars from Europe and America provide short, authoritative overviews of the state of knowledge and current controversies in the many specialist divisions in Homeric studies. The chapters pay equal attention to literary, mythological, linguistic, historical, and archaeological topics, ranging from such long-established problems as the "Homeric Question" to newer issues like the relevance of narratology and computer-assisted quantification. The collection, the third publication in Brill's handbook series, "The Classical Tradition," will be valuable at every level of study - from the general student of literature to the Homeric specialist seeking a general understanding of the latest developments across the whole range of Homeric scholarship. Originally published in hardcover


















of beautiful-crowned Aphrodite will seize. The first line is probably prose, the second and third are hexameters, and the inscription appears to record a symposiastic skolion, where diners must 'cap' the line of a competing symposiast. The leader of the party begins with a joke that the Rhodian skyphos was the famous cup of Nestor (It. 11.632- 637). A second diner plays on the curse-formula attested on early Greek cups, 'Whoever steals this cup' (will suffer something horrible), but jokingly and

of Early Iron I date'; for indirect epigraphic evidence, 'The Byblos Syllabary: Bridging the gap between Egyptian hieroglyphs and Semitic alphabets,' Journal qf the Society jor the Stutfy qf Egyptian Antiquities 20 (1990) 115- 124. 51 52 HOMER AND WRITING 31 Phoenician Byblos by, say, 900 B.C.55 For this reason Greek ~U~A.tvOv (Od. 22.390) means 'made of papyrus.' Whoever wrote down Homer's poems, whenever he did, was a man of means, able to afford a lot of papyrus. Such men certainly

3rd century B.C. to the late 6th or 7th A.D.13 Alexandria itself yields none, and Homer was so ubiquitously available that perhaps none of our manuscripts was written there. 14 Homer is far better represented than any other author, in every period, and the Iliad is constantly II Scrolls were much easier to make. Psychological resistance will have played a role too (cf. Judaic prescription of scroll form for the Torah). 12 p28 (M-P 1106), 3rd-4th cent.; the surviving leaves cover bks. 12- 15 and

through his mature appropriation of the craft. This degree of concentration on the South Slavic analogue per se went far beyond what Parry had planned, and it played a significant role in the overall development of the Oral Theory. Together with the gradual publication of the recorded performances in the series Serbo-Croatian Heroic Songs (from 1953 onward; hereafter, SCHS) and his many other writings,13 Lord brought both a widening of the comparative dimenSee 'General Introduction' by Lord, in

generative means Of composing in performance. Of course, not all of the phraseology could be as invariant as the noun-epithet formulas, a fact that Parry realized as he moved from his 1928 theses to the 1930 essay on Homeric style. To cover the greater flexibility of much of the diction, he postulated the existence of 'formulaic systems,' which amount to singers' 'words' with rulegoverned variability or substitution. Instead of occurring in precisely the same form each time, they could modulate

Download sample