Rediscovering Homer: Inside the Origins of the Epic

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W.W. Norton, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 266 pages
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Scholar Andrew Dalby delves into the world that first heard the Odyssey and the Iliad, asking new questions about the poet named Homer. Rediscovering Homer follows the growth of the legend of Troy from a kernel of historical truth into an unforgettable story that a succession of singers re-created for generations of audiences. Dalby asks why and how the two great epics crossed the frontier from song to writing while finding new approaches to the personality of Homer and showing how the earliest evidence has been misread. He makes a powerful case that both poems are the work of a single poet, but it is his conclusion that will surprise even serious classical scholars: Homer was most likely a woman.

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The Homeric texts of theIliad andOdyssey as we know them today are the culmination of hundreds of years of oral tradition derived from diverse sources. Paying careful attention to the language of ... Read full review

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Andrew Dalby is an historian and linguist with a long-standing interest in oral literature. He has written about food, wine, and pleasure in the ancient world. He lives in France.

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