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By Ian Morris, Barry Powell

ISBN-10: 9004099891

ISBN-13: 9789004099890

This quantity is the 1st English-language survey of Homeric stories to seem for greater than a iteration, and the 1st such paintings to try to hide all fields comprehensively. Thirty top students from Europe and the US offer brief, authoritative overviews of the nation of data and present controversies within the many expert divisions in Homeric reviews. The chapters pay equivalent realization to literary, mythological, linguistic, ancient, and archaeological subject matters, starting from such fashioned difficulties because the "Homeric Question" to more recent 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, might be useful at each point of research - from the final scholar of literature to the Homeric professional looking a common figuring out of the most recent advancements around the entire variety of Homeric scholarship.

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It is unfortunately impossible to make sense from the 18 surviving letters. 24 BARRY B. POWELL We ought to be surprised at jocose and witty metrical exchange recorded at the very beginning of alphabetic literacy, but more surprising is an apparent deliberate reference to Homer's Iliad- unless one thinks that Homer's jape about a garrulous septuagenarian, able to lift huge cups, was common poetic fare. If the inscription refers to the text we know as the Iliad, or to a public performance based on that text, we have in the Cup of Nestor inscription a terminus ante quem for the text of our Iliad.

20 BARRY B. POWELL the J in Jamaica = e the same as the E = e in biebie [= baby] and the G = e in big-she knows there is a loop, but is unsure where. Jiz[aJrd, understanding that there is a bend, but confused about the details. The little girl has copy-books to hand, but prefers to act on learned principles of letter formation. In spite of her mistakes, her intent is intelligible because we understand these same principles. g. tJ1 for beta in Corinth) must descend from just such stylistic or accidental variants to the adapter's original system, passed on as correct forms when the alphabet was known to few.

Euboians seem to have had a permanent trading colony at AI Mina at the mouth of the Orontes, and an early Greek alphabetic inscription has been found there. 34 Phoenicians and Euboians rubbed shoulders in Pithekoussai, too, in the Bay of Naples, where both West Semitic writing and early alphabetic Greek inscriptions have been found. 2):36 Now the Gephyraean clan, of which the slayers of Hipparchus were members, claim to have come at first from Eretria, but my own enquiry shows that they were among the Phoenicians who came with Kadmos to the country now called Boiotia.

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