Notes 8-30-07

Notes 8-30-07 - Notes 8/30/07 Epic Cycle Iliad & Odyssey...

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Notes 8/30/07 16/10/2007 11:51:00 Epic Cycle     Heinrich Schliemann      (1822-1890) Inventor of Greek bronze age studies What is historical in Homer/what is not Overly literal interpretation (Ithaca/ Odysseus) Overly skeptical Megalomaniac: Frank Calvert Romantic: Heroon in Athens Questionable techniques and motives basic controversies remain but, but questions have been rephrased as understanding  of the Homeric poetic process has grown. Arthur Evans/ Knossos/ Minoans 1894-1900 Hugo Winkler at Hattusha 1906-1913 The Homeric Question     Identity of Homer as an author (did he exist, were there more than one  storyteller) Where did he get his knowledge from?
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Homer [all together meaning words craftsman] generic name? “penname”? What freedom did he have to make things up and change things he had  heard previously o When and where did he live? [8 different birthplaces, etc.] o Was Homer actually a woman? o Was Homer even an historical individual? o Is he himself mythical or symbolic? o How did Homer do what he did? Quality Repetitions Inconsistencies Historical stratigraphy (tradition of passing it down by word of  mouth) Homer as music     How do we know that Homer was sung? External evidence 1: ethnographic analogy o Celtic bards o Caesar: “and they think it unlawful to entrust these verses to writing… because they do not wish the learning to be made common  knowledge, and they do not wish those who learn it to develop the  memory less through their reliance on writing.” o 20 yr pan-celtic training: itinerant internships (cf. Homer/German Crafts)
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