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.

"Dalby...excels in his discussion of the transformation from oral to written poetry and of the single-author theory for the Iliad and the Odyssey." -- Publishers Weekly


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Review: Rediscovering Homer: Inside the Origins of the Epic

User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

I found this book to be really enjoyable, but I agree with some other reviewers who stated that the alluded to female authorship of the epics was never addressed in a satisfactory way. There are many ... Read full review

Review: Rediscovering Homer: Inside the Origins of the Epic

User Review  - dejah_thoris - Goodreads

First and foremost, don't believe the hype over Dalby's conclusion that Homer may have been a woman. It's not as strongly argued as the blurbs may have you believe and after reading everything before ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

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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