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Unformatted text preview: Ancient Greece Jan 25 Exam 1 HOMER AND GREEK EPIC POETRY Problems • The existence of “Homer”: Who was he? o Greeks believe that Homer was a person o Greek tradition holds that he was an 8 th C poet who lived on the island of Keos o Very few early Greek authors actually come from mainland Greece o Homer was first Greek author but probably never saw Athens o Did homer really exist? The poems were written at different times and by different men Homer collaborated the poems into the Iliad and the Oddessey Homer = blind • Date of the Homeric poems? o We don’t exactly know the exact date o Greek alphabet was introduced around 750 BC We think Homer was the first to utilize this system to write down the poems We think it was between 750-700 BC • Narrative date of the Homeric poems? o Tells a story of a long time ago o Traditional Trojan war: 1250-1200 BC o These poems were once only oral Passed down by mouth Underwent lots of changes Might not all date around the time of the Trojan war o Performers of the poems could have changes the poems to better suit their audience • Later “editions” (e.g. the Peisistratean recension in 6C Athens) o Later Greeks edit the poems o Peisistratean supposedly edits the poems in 6 th C Athens, maybe this is where all the references to Athens comes from o Poems were constantly subject to change before they were written down...
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course CC 31915 taught by Professor Beaulieu during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas.
- Spring '07
- The Odyssey, Fate, Odysseus, Achilles