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Homer and the oral tradition by G. S. Kirk

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Published by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, New York .
Written in English



  • Greece.


  • Homer -- Technique.,
  • Epic poetry, Greek -- History and criticism.,
  • Oral-formulaic analysis.,
  • Oral tradition -- Greece.,
  • Rhetoric, Ancient.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

StatementG. S. Kirk.
LC ClassificationsPA4037 .K457
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 222 p. ;
Number of Pages222
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4879701M
ISBN 100521213096
LC Control Number76007806

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Homer and the Oral Tradition book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. The Songs of Homer (Cambridge University Press, ) was a m /5(6).   The oral composition of the Iliad and Odyssey would predate Homer as its themes and events would have been passed from generation to generation until we arrive to Homer. Through archaeology, historians are able to discern assorted Mycenaean activities over a span of time during the LBA, in some cases in a clash with the location of Ilium (i.e. Books shelved as oral-tradition: Ireland by Frank Delaney, D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d'Aulaire, The Man Made of Words: Essays, Stories, Pa. Green’s version, with its lyrical mastery and superb command of Greek, offers readers the opportunity to enjoy Homer’s epic tale of survival, temptation, betrayal, and vengeance with all of the verve and pathos of the original oral tradition.

Dating to about B.C., this bust is said to be of the Greek poet Homer, author of The Iliad and The Odyssey—epic poems passed down orally by bards long before they were written down. Homer: the meaning of an oral tradition --Dark age and oral poet --War and the warrior in the Homeric poems --The oral and literary epic --Homer and modern oral poetry: some confusions --Homer's Iliad and ours --Verse-structure and sentence-structure in Homer --Formular language and oral quality --The search for the real Homer. The Songs of Homer (Cambridge University Press, ) was a major contribution to Homeric studies, establishing important theories about the composition, structure and transmission of the monumental poems. In this volume, Geoffrey Kirk returns to Homer, but the themes are largely : $ Homer: the meaning of an oral tradition; 2. Dark Age and oral poet; 3. War and the warrior in the Homeric poems; 4. The oral and the literary epic; 5. Homer and modern oral poetry: some confusions; 6. Homer's Iliad and ours; 7. Verse-structure and sentence-structure in Homer; 8. Formular language and oral quality; 9. The search for the real.

  The Odyssey told by Homer in the ancient Greek oral tradition, a book-by-book summary and analysis of this epic poem for a deeper understanding. Homer, presumed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He is one of the most influential authors of all time, for the two epics provided the basis of Greek education and culture throughout the Classical age and formed the backbone of humane education down to the time of . Homer was probably born around BC on the Coast of Asia Minor, now the coast of Turkey, but then really a part of Greece. Homer was the first Greek writer whose work survives. He was one of a long line of bards, or poets, who worked in the oral tradition. Homer and other bards of the time could recite, or chant, long epic poems. Albert Bates Lord, Epic Singers and Oral Tradition Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Words Heard and Words Seen 2. Homer's Originality: Oral Dictated Texts 3. Homeric Echoes in Bihać 4. Avdo Međedović, Guslar 5. Homer as an Oral-Traditional Poet 6. .