Lecture 3 - Lecture 3 9/09/08 Mycenaean h q A syllabary h q...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Lecture 3 9/09/08 Mycenaean A syllabary 87 characters in the alphabet e e e => small segment of society was literate, probably priests e . Phoenician e literacy – only consonant characters, some letters signified words Literacy exploded with the Greeks – each consonant and vowel e sound corresponded to a character, which was easy to learn by everybody The Iliad incorporates e 3 major dialects e : Attic, Aeolic, Ionic. It is very unusual for a single work to use different dialects. Epithets e were adopted by Homer from different dialects and epochs e according to Homer’s needs. Epic language is different from spoken language. Homer’s epic language is not colloquial e and could not be spoken by any one person. “W” (digamma) is a good way to date texts because it shows up only in earlier texts and disappears later. It shows up in The Iliad in unexpected places (in later books but not in the earlier). Poetic meter
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 02/18/2010 for the course EUR 101 taught by Professor Westphalen during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

Page1 / 2

Lecture 3 - Lecture 3 9/09/08 Mycenaean h q A syllabary h q...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online