By Ian Morris, Barry Powell

This quantity is the 1st English-language survey of Homeric experiences to seem for greater than a iteration, and the 1st such paintings to aim to hide all fields comprehensively. Thirty prime students from Europe and the US offer brief, authoritative overviews of the country of information and present controversies within the many professional divisions in Homeric reports. The chapters pay equivalent recognition to literary, mythological, linguistic, historic, and archaeological themes, starting from such usual difficulties because the "Homeric Question" to more moderen matters just like the relevance of narratology and computer-assisted quantification. the gathering, the 3rd e-book in Brill's guide sequence, The Classical culture, can be beneficial at each point of analysis - from the overall scholar of literature to the Homeric expert looking a basic realizing of the most recent advancements around the entire diversity of Homeric scholarship.

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Depending on convention, as do all systems of writing, the Greek alphabet clung tenaciously to its initial principles, never slipping back into syllabography or logography and resistant for hundreds of years to a standard orthography. Allover the Greek world a new technology recorded the actual sound of speech by breaking down the continuous stream of sound into a continuous stream of phonemic signs which at first wind back and forth (boustrophedon), then are stacked row after row, avoiding punctuation and preserving the bewildering array of local dialects with which Hellenists still struggle today.

3). The philosophical polemic against Homer faded from significance in Plato's own generation and there is little trace of it in Aristotle, though Homer as forerunner of philosophical doctrines is very much a part of Aristotle's intellectual world. When, for example, Aristotle observes (De an. 404a) that Empedocles, who identified soul and mind, found that same doctrine in Homer's description of the unconscious Hector as 'thinking other thoughts' (&Uo

It. 698]),4 Aristotle makes no commitment to the accuracy or inaccuracy of Empedocles' claim about Homer's knowledge or intent. But Aristotle goes on to observe a little later (De an. 427a) that people generally seem to believe that thought and judgment are forms of perception and himself takes the position that 'the Homeric phrase "for such is thought' ('t010£ yap v6o£ Eo'tiv, Od. 136) says the same" as Empedodes' more explicit claims on the matter. 5 The little work entitled On the Universe, which presents itself as a letter from Aristotle to Alexander, treats Homer as a theological authority (400a), and though the historical Arisotle is not implicated by this piece of pseudepigrapha, the work was widely known and translated, and served to give Aristotelian support to such thinking.

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