The Ages of Homer: A Tribute to Emily Townsend Vermeule
The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer have fascinated listeners and readers for over twenty-five centuries. In this volume of original essays, collected to honor the distinguished teaching and research career of Emily T. Vermeule, thirty leading experts in Homeric studies and related fields provide up-to-date, multidisciplinary accounts of the most current issues in and approaches to the study of Homer. The book is divided into three sections, covering the three "ages, " or historical periods, of Homer. The first section treats the Bronze Age setting of the poems (around 1200 B.C.), using archaeological evidence to reveal the operation of poetic memory in preserving, distorting, and inventing the past. The second section explores the early Iron Age in which the poems were written (ca. 800-500 B.C.), using the strategies of comparative philology and mythology, literary theory, historical linguistics, anthropology, and iconography to determine how the Homeric poems took shape. The final section traces the use of Homer for literary and artistic inspiration by classical antiquity (Greece and Rome). From these essays emerge new answers to old questions such as the date of the Trojan War, the origins of the Catalogue of Ships in Book 2 of the Iliad, the historicity of early Aegean contacts with Egypt, Cyprus and the Levant, and Anatolia, and the relations between literary narrative and contemporary visual representation. In addition, several essays introduce new material relevant to Homeric studies in the form of previously unpublished works of art and new results of excavations.
Specifications of The Ages of Homer: A Tribute to Emily Townsend Vermeule
|Publisher||University of Texas Press|
|Number Of Pages||564|
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