Rediscovering Homer: Inside the Origins of the Epic (2020)

Rediscovering Homer: Inside the Origins of the Epic Andrew Dalby Rediscovering Homer Inside the Origins of the Epic FIRST EDITION stated with FIRST PRINTING number on copyright page Hardcover in dust jacket Publisher s statement The Iliad and the Odyssey the enduring classics of archaic Greek epic tradition are the
  • Title: Rediscovering Homer: Inside the Origins of the Epic
  • Author: Andrew Dalby
  • ISBN: 9780393057881
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Hardcover
Rediscovering Homer: Inside the Origins of the Epic Andrew Dalby FIRST EDITION stated with FIRST PRINTING number on copyright page Hardcover in dust jacket Publisher s statement The Iliad and the Odyssey the enduring classics of archaic Greek epic tradition are the first and greatest works in the Western canon For generations, audiences, scholars, and schoolchildren have pored over their pages, and their stories have become a deeFIRST EDITION stated with FIRST PRINTING number on copyright page Hardcover in dust jacket Publisher s statement The Iliad and the Odyssey the enduring classics of archaic Greek epic tradition are the first and greatest works in the Western canon For generations, audiences, scholars, and schoolchildren have pored over their pages, and their stories have become a deeply embedded part of our collective cultural knowledge But the origins of the most famous epics in all of Western poetry are shrouded in mystery What was their purpose, and wo was likely to read them When were they written Who was their author One thing is certain the legendary poet Homer, said to have created these epics, lived long before the use of writing And as is the inherent nature of oral tradition, he, and the subsequent performers of his poems, would have created his tales afresh with each recital Inevitably, oral epics pass from one generation to the next with subtle, accumulated alterations For all of them, the moment of composition has to be the moment of writing The author of the Iliad and the Odyssey cannot be Homer, though to this day we are still tempted to use his name In Rediscovering Homer, Andrew Dalby challenges this persistent error it is too easy a mistake, he argues, and it is misleading because it helps us to make the usual assumption that their creator was male In fact, we know nothing about the creator of thise epics not even the poet s gender Further, they show a certain style and a deep understanding of Greek gender conflict that is distinctly feminine What if, Argues Dalby, the author was a woman
Rediscovering Homer: Inside the Origins of the Epic Andrew Dalby

  • [EPUB] ✓ Rediscovering Homer: Inside the Origins of the Epic | By ☆ Andrew Dalby
    Andrew Dalby

One thought on “Rediscovering Homer: Inside the Origins of the Epic

  1. kimberly

    It s a shame other writing about this book plays up the author s claim that the author of the Homeric epics was possibly, maybe a woman There s a lot of interesting stuff here about 1 the bits of history that may have inspired part of the story, 2 the construction and evolution of oral poetry, 3 the transition of Greek poetry from oral to written format.One gets the feeling the author was summarizing other people s work, but it s a good tour and makes me want to read related books.

  2. Old-Barbarossa

    Reasonable look at the origins of The Iliad and The Odyssey.ButThe blurb on the back says it looks at whether Homer was female does this almost in passing and in a fairly unconvincing waywell, I wasn t convinced anyway.Sure, I get the fact that Homer was probably just a construct that came about from a need to identify the works with an author, but as we know nothing about who actually wrote composed the poems to say anything about them with anything than speculation is fairly pointless To be f [...]

  3. James

    While the title of Andrew Dalby s fascinating look at Homer is Rediscovering Homer, I would suggest that reinventing or unearthing the remains of Homer might be appropriate Not that he does not venture inside the origins of the Epic , but that his project bears closer resemblance to an archaeological dig than a voyage of discovery It is a dig that comes up short in part because it necessarily must be buttressed with speculation Most scholars agree that the origins of the Epics of Homer and othe [...]

  4. Jrobertus

    Dalby is an Homeric scholar from Cambridge He uses the available literary and archeological evidence to address questions about the origin of the Iliad and the Odyssey Sadly, we don t really learn much new His only novel notion is that the person who wrote down the stories could have been a woman, but since we know nothing about the real Homer, this sounds like a PC way to sell books We do know there was a sack of Troy, a city with Hittite connections We don t know when preliterate singers, aoid [...]

  5. Bob

    While frascinting, the book is not very well written, sometimes repetitive, and not particularly well organized What it does offer is a remarkably fresh start on looking at the Iliad and the Odyssey.His first argument concerns how we are to understand the content of the poem s Are they real history a transcription of oral poetry that had been handed down from singer to singer for hundreds of years what is the intent of the compiler A second argument concerns the identity of the author, which Dal [...]

  6. Jeanette Schaeche

    Reading things for university is always good when it s a subject that fascinates you Also helps you write a better quality paper While I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dalby, there aren t that many points that he makes that I can use in regards to my thesis Written in a way that makes it easy and effortless to read just the way I like my non fiction Nevertheless, I pretty good read if you re interested in Homer, the Iliad or the Odyssey.

  7. Michael

    The search for the historical Homer, like the search for the historical Jesus, is an exercise in speculation The lack of real evidence and the abundance of legend have obscured the traditional creator s of the Iliad and the Odyssey to the point that scholars have argued at various times that the two works were composed by different people, that one of the composers was a woman, or even that the works were compilations of anonymous songs redacted by one or individuals who have collectively come [...]

  8. dejah_thoris

    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 that chapter the argument has some validity That noted, I have not read Homer in several years, but I really enjoyed Dalby s analysis of the two epics and supporting historical material The book discusses the construction of both the Illiad and the Odyssey as well as how oral poetry and culture arose [...]

  9. Jonathan

    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 good points to this book and I would recommend as a thought provoking compliment after reading both of the epics.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *