Volume 3

Some Refractions of Homeric Anger in Athenian Drama

Think of institutions and customs which have created … out of the enjoyment of anger[,] perpetual vengeance … Nietzsche In Aeschylus’ Suppliants, a particular kind of anger is identified through the use of formulaic language that directly continues Homeric usage in a way different in style from that of other… Read more

Cretan Homers: Tradition, Politics, Fieldwork

Metaphors, as we are increasingly reminded, really matter. [1] In this paper I would like to take seriously the metaphor that punningly underlies our conference title, The Homerizon. The notion of horizon requires us to think of perspective, and that, in turn, means we must… Read more

The Invention of Ossian

In recent years a number of Homerists have approached the so-called Homeric Question by investigating Homer as author and “inventor” of the poetic tradition that we know as the Iliad. [1] Graziosi turns this approach on its head and instead explores how the ancient Greeks… Read more

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

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