Comp Lit 04.21.09 - 1 QUIZ a Threeparts b...

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Comparative Literature 04/21/09 1. QUIZ a. Three parts:  b. Passage (2 of 3): contextualize; and comment--see where else you find the “formula”--look at the very  language being used; implications of passage in the poem (connect it to plot; its function in the plot) i. You will be able to use the book BUT don’t waste too much time in the book ii. Quote( Il . 9) or Il.  9. 188 c. Context: oral traditions, historicity, the process of textualization (very short questions to check awareness  of process of composition and reception of Iliad) d. Essay (1): very general question but will be able to criteria: understanding of Iliad and ability to construct  well focused and supportive argument (emphasis on writing skill as well as understanding of Greek song  culture). Have thesis. 2. Medieval Manuscripts (Evidence 1) a. Tradition dating back to 10 BCE or CE? b. The Venetus A i. Text of Iliad and commentary on the side c. One part of evidence that editors use when establishing the text of the poem 3. Papyrus (2) a. Used in antiquity to write down poem b. Mostly found in Egypt because good climate for preservation  c. Many used as scrap paper or for mummies (with writing on it). d. Second type of evidence e. Tend to have 10 % extra number of lines compared to the vulgate (medieval manuscripts) 4. Quotes (3) a. From ancient authors (4 th  and 5 th  century CE) b. People knew parts of poem by heart so authors would often quote Iliad to make their argument. 5. What this evidence shows: a. Homogenizing of the text by 2 nd  century BCE b. People roughly agreed what the text should be c. Prior to that very significant departures from this agreed text i. See comparison on slides of Lattimore’s versus Aeschines (has plus verses) version. 6.
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Comp Lit 04.21.09 - 1 QUIZ a Threeparts b...

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