Cambridge Classical Studies: Inventing Homer: The Early Reception of Epic

Cambridge Classical Studies: Inventing Homer: The Early Reception of Epic

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How was the poet Homer imagined by ancient Greeks? This book examines stories circulating between the sixth and fourth centuries BC about his birth, place of origin and name; the circumstances of his life - such as the story of his blindness - his relation to other poets, and his heirs. The aim is to explore the ancient reception of the Homeric poems, and to look at it in relation to modern representations of Homer, ancient and modern conceptions of authorship, and the 'Homeric Question'. The book's engaging and accessible style should make it attractive to a wide range of readers, including non-classicists, and all quotations from Greek are provided with an English translation.
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  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 140 x 215 x 16mm | 392g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Halftones, unspecified
  • 0521038138
  • 9780521038133
  • 914,589

Table of contents

Frontispiece; Preface; List of abbreviations of editions and works of reference; Introduction; 1. The birth of Homer; 2. Homer's name and his place of origin; 3. The date of Homer; 4. Blindness, poverty and closeness to the gods; 5. Homer's relationship to other poets; 6. The heirs of Homer; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index of passages; General index.
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'One can only wish that Graziosi's approach will be taken up by equally able scholars. She has asked the right questions.' Andreas Hartmann, Katholische Universitat Eichstatt-Ingolstadt 'A detailed, stimulating and fresh examination of the evidence for receptions of epic.' Andrew Ford, JHS 'This well documented book lucidly demonstrates that it is well worth being interested in what motivated and shaped Homeric biography.' Stephen Halliwell, Greece and Rome "Specialists in Homeric poems will find much to benefit from, and the rest of us are indebted to Graziosi for her scrupulous presentation of the material and her intriguing analysis." Classical Bulletin "The text...confronts head-on many puzzles...The specialist will revel in Graziosi's meticulous discussion...equally adept at clarifying ancient and modern sources." Religious Studies Review "Graziosi's intelligent project explores 'Homer' as a convenient tabula rasa, silent about himself but a desirable predecessor." Choice "Graziosi has assembled an abundance of valuable material and offered a sharp-eyed analysis of it, for which I am grateful." New Englad Classical Journal
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About Barbara Graziosi

Barbara Graziosi is currently Lecturer in Greek at the University of Reading. She was educated in Trieste, Oxford and Cambridge and in 1999-2000 held a Junior Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford. Her doctoral thesis, on which the present book is based, has been shortlisted for the Hellenic Foundation's Annual Prize for the best doctoral thesis.
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