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Homeric Problems (Writings from the Greco-Roman World)
This is the first English translation of the only extended ancient treatise on Homer that survives today. It provides a detailed allegorical discussion of controversial passages in the Iliad and the Odyssey and is a mine of information on ancient approaches to allegory and to literary criticism.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Society of Biblical Literature
(first published January 1st 2003)
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Jul 25, 2011 Yann rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Ce livre, écrit par Héraclite du Pont aux environs du premier siècle, est un ouvrage qui se propose de défendre la poésie d’Homère contre les attaques du vilain Platon, lequel insinuait dans ses dialogues, et en particulier Ion et la République, que ces légendes étaient parfaitement amorales, et qu’il fallait par conséquent chasser les poètes de sa République. Pour contrer ces accusations, Héraclite va non seulement accabler le pauvre Platon de sarcasmes venimeux et d’attaques mordantes (view sp ...more
Not a great work in itself, but a valuable example of the flexibility of ancient interpreters of Homer. Heraclitus (the 1st c. CE grammarian and rhetorician, not the 6th-5th c. BCE philosopher) is not reducing the Gods to natural principles; rather, as he continually states, he is serving piety by discerning physical and ethical allegories in Homer, so that we do not mistakenly derive from a literal reading of the poems unworthy notions about the Gods. Some of his readings would be simplistic, i ...more
Listen. I love this book. I love how aggressive Heraclitus is in his defense of Homer and his attack on Plato and Epicurus and I love how he incorporates Homer's quotes into his own arguments and I love how absolutely certain he is that his worldview is so totally true and obvious and what Homer also believes. I love how he takes the slightest excuse to allegorize every aspect of Homer's poem and I love his ludicrous etymologies. It's beautifully translated and it's well written and it's fun!! L ...more
Heraclitus of Ephesus (Greek: Ἡράκλειτος ὁ Ἐφέσιος,c.535 – c.475 BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher,a native of the Greek city Ephesus,Ionia,on the coast of Asia Minor.He was of distinguished parentage.Little is known about his early life and education,but he regarded himself as self-taught and a pioneer of wisdom.From the lonely life he led,and still more from the apparently riddled and al ...more