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By Lorna Hardwick, Christopher Stray

ISBN-10: 1405151676

ISBN-13: 9781405151672

Reading the great quantity of how within which the humanities, tradition, and regarded Greece and Rome were transmitted, interpreted, tailored and used, A better half to Classical Receptions explores the influence of this phenomenon on either historic and later societies.

  • Provides a finished advent and assessment of classical reception - the translation of classical artwork, tradition, and concept in later centuries, and the quickest transforming into sector in classics
  • Brings jointly 34 essays through a global workforce of members interested in historical and glossy reception options and practices
  • Combines shut readings of key receptions with wider contextualization and discussion
  • Explores the influence of Greek and Roman tradition around the globe, together with an important new parts in Arabic literature, South African drama, the heritage of images, and modern ethics

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Reception and the Homeric Tradition From the reception of Anacreon in early modern Britain we move on to another area where the concept of tradition is of particular interest to students of reception. In the first half of the twentieth century, Milman Parry influentially defined Homeric poetry as the product of a traditional art form (Parry 1971). Linguistic formulae and other traditional patterns provide the performing bard with an economic means of responding to the constraints of oral improvisation.

Aristophanes fr. 233 K–A). But it is in the library of Alexandria that the Homeric poems became the focus of the most detailed and comprehensive textual scholarship. It seems that before the third century, texts of Homer were noticeably more fluid than afterwards: the early papyri, as well as the Homeric quotations found in classical authors, vary significantly and sometimes report entire lines which have since disappeared (West 1988: 45, on the ‘wild’ papyri; and Labarbe 1949, on Plato). After the work of the Alexandrians in the third century – most notably Zenodotus, Aristophanes and Aristarchus – the texts of Homer became more uniform, although the Alexandrian scholars also appear to have introduced some conjectures and corrections of their own.

Qxd 13/09/2007 09:03 AM Page 28 28 Barbara Graziosi about the uses of his name. g. M. g. Powell 1991; cf. West 1998, though he would resist calling the man ‘Homer’: West 1999). These different conceptions dramatically affect the project of studying his ancient reception since, depending on our conceptual framework, we may focus on the texts of the Iliad and the Odyssey as they have reached us, or consider the broader epic tradition out of which those two poems gradually emerged. I propose to start with a brief overview of ancient uses of the name Homer.

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