Making and Unmaking: The Achaean Wall and the Limits of Fictionality in Homeric Criticism

Αὐτὸ μὲν γὰρ διὰ τὴν τοῦ ποιητοῦ λογιότητα ἐκ μὴ ὄντος ἐστὶ τρόπον τινά, ἡ δὲ ἀληθὴς Τροία τῇ τοῦ χρόνου φορᾷ ἐκ τοῦ ὄντος ἦλθεν εἰς τὸ μηδέν, ἀφανισθεῖσα. Thanks to the poet’s eloquence, the Achaean Wall in some way is, having emerged out of nothing, while the real… Read more

Of Digital Serendipity and the Homeric Scholia

“Habent sua fata libelli”, Martial remarks somewhere. A few  years ago I stumbled across the Suda  On Line . I was very taken with the idea that distributed labor could, with relatively modest individual effort, produce results of substantial collective benefit. I… Read more

Homer between East and West

There has been a growing trend in Homeric studies to investigate the connections between Homeric epic and the so-called ‘Ancient Near East’. In this paper I reflect on the nature of this trend. What is at stake in reading a ‘Near Eastern’ Homer in the current political and cultural climate?… Read more

Homer and the Definition of Epic

Epic, as a genre, is defined using many different criteria, from mode of discourse (although some epics are not predominantly narrative), length (though some epics are short), relationship to other genres (though not all epics incorporate minor genres), subject matter (though not all epics involve war or travel), theological framework… Read more

The Homeric Poems after Ionia: a Case in Point

Abstract The general topic of this paper is the reception of the Homeric poems in mainland Greece after their substantial formation in Ionia in the late eighth and early seventh centuries BC. The case in point is Sparta in the late seventh and early sixth centuries BC in the aftermath… Read more