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Inventing Homer
The Early Reception of Epic

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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521038133

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  • How was the poet Homer imagined by ancient Greeks? This book looks at stories circulating between the sixth and fourth centuries BC about his birth, name and origin, blindness and his relationship to other poets and his descendants. The work studies the ancient reception of the Homeric poems, and looks at it in relation to modern representations of Homer, ancient and modern conceptions of authorship, and the "Homeric Question".

    • Collects archaic and classical representations of Homer, discusses the contexts in which they were created, and relates them to the early reception of epic
    • Offers an interesting contribution to the debate about the place of the author in the study of literature
    • Written in an engaging and accessible style which will appeal to the expert and non-expert alike
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521038133
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Barbara Graziosi, University of Durham
    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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