Issue 1

The Morphology of Epiphany in Song 1 of Sappho

Introduction The epiphany of the goddess Aphrodite in Song 1 of Sappho may seem, from a modern perspective, paradoxical. On the one hand, if one considers epiphany to mean simply the appearance of a divinity, it is not difficult to identify the exact moment in which the song’s epiphany occurs;… Read more

Composition in Performance Arab Style

University of California, Santa Barbara For researchers who conduct ethnographic fieldwork on oral traditions, one of the most exciting aspects of The Singer of Tales is Albert Lord’s accounts of experimentation in the field, the various ways in which he and Milman Parry interrogated living traditions by comparing performances, setting… Read more

Visuality in Bosniac and Homeric Epic

1. Introduction Homeric poetry is an intensely visual art, as numerous studies have shown. [1] This intense visuality is a feature that Homeric poetry shares with many other oral narrative traditions. [2] The affinity of oral narrative for optically rich… Read more

The Trojan Formulaic Theater

The formulaic phrases referring to Troy in the Iliad have not received enough attention until now: Milman Parry emphasized the epithets for heroes, but was not as confident in regard to epithets for objects and places.* In his first dissertation, he actually considered some generic… Read more

The Dreams of Barčin and Penelope

Richard Martin has observed that “what experimentation is to science, comparison should be to philology—a way to test hypotheses and produce new ones that account for more data, more economically.” [1] This paper is an attempt at such an experiment. [2]… Read more