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Rediscovering Homer: Inside the Origins of the Epic

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FIRST EDITION stated with FIRST PRINTING number on copyright page. Hardcover in dust jacket. Publisher's statement: "The Iliad and the Odyssey--the enduring classics of archaic Greek epic tradition--are the first and greatest works in the Western canon. For generations, audiences, scholars, and schoolchildren have pored over their pages, and their stories have become a dee ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 24th 2006 by W. W. Norton
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It's a shame other writing about this book plays up the author's claim that the author of the Homeric epics was (possibly, maybe) a woman. There's a lot of interesting stuff here about (1) the bits of history that may have inspired part of the story, (2) the construction and evolution of oral poetry, (3) the transition of Greek poetry from oral to written format.

One gets the feeling the author was summarizing other people's work, but it's a good tour and makes me want to read related books.
Reasonable look at the origins of The Iliad and The Odyssey.
The blurb on the back says it looks at whether Homer was does this almost in passing and in a fairly unconvincing way...well, I wasn't convinced anyway.
Sure, I get the fact that Homer was probably just a construct that came about from a need to identify the works with an author, but as we know nothing about who actually wrote/composed the poems to say anything about them with anything more than speculation is fairly po
Dalby is an Homeric scholar from Cambridge. He uses the available literary and archeological evidence to address questions about the origin of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Sadly, we don't really learn much new. His only novel notion is that the person who wrote down the stories could have been a woman, but since we know nothing about the real Homer, this sounds like a PC way to sell books. We do know there was a sack of Troy, a city with Hittite connections. We don't know when preliterate singers, ...more
While the title of Andrew Dalby's fascinating look at Homer is Rediscovering Homer, I would suggest that reinventing or unearthing the remains of Homer might be more appropriate. Not that he does not venture "inside the origins of the Epic", but that his project bears closer resemblance to an archaeological dig than a voyage of discovery. It is a dig that comes up short in part because it necessarily must be buttressed with speculation. Most scholars agree that the origins of the Epics of Homer ...more
First and foremost, don't believe the hype over Dalby's conclusion that Homer may have been a woman. It's not as strongly argued as the blurbs may have you believe and after reading everything before that chapter the argument has some validity.

That noted, I have not read Homer in several years, but I really enjoyed Dalby's analysis of the two epics and supporting historical material. The book discusses the construction of both the Illiad and the Odyssey as well as how oral poetry and culture ar
The search for the historical Homer, like the search for the historical Jesus, is an exercise in speculation. The lack of real evidence and the abundance of legend have obscured the traditional creator(s) of the Iliad and the Odyssey to the point that scholars have argued at various times that the two works were composed by different people, that one of the composers was a woman, or even that the works were compilations of anonymous songs redacted by one or more individuals who have collectively ...more
I found this book to be really enjoyable, but I agree with some other reviewers who stated that the alluded to female authorship of the epics was never addressed in a satisfactory way. There are many good points to this book and I would recommend as a thought provoking compliment after reading both of the epics.
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Andrew Dalby (born Liverpool, 1947) is an English linguist, translator and historian who most often writes about food history.

Dalby studied at the Bristol Grammar School, where he learned some Latin, French and Greek; then at the University of Cambridge. There he studied Latin and Greek at first, afterwards Romance languages and linguistics. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1970. Dalby then worked
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