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2.4. Early Greek Epic Poetry definining epic meter (dactylic hexameter) subject matter form audiences formal definition: a long poetic narrative of significance to a community Significance of ancient Greek epic role in defining Hellenic identity (Panhellenism) reception of Greek culture (Romans; today) primary source for early Greece influence Homeric (Early Epic) Questions who composed the early epics? question of authenticity relationship of author to tradition when and for whom were the early epics composed? dating Homer (linguistic, historical, sociological criteria) dating Homeric society (epic distance; homeostasis) how were the epics composed? (written vs. oral) The Parry-Lord Model meter & formulas economy and scope statistical analysis (control) comparative analysis (Slavic guslars) traditional nature of oral-derived texts composition in performance (significance for early texts) development of Greek epic: Ages of Homer
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Unformatted text preview: 1) earliest times – 750 BCE: most fluid (oral only) 2) 750-550: formative / Panhellenic (oral only) 3) 550-317: definitive (oral + early texts) 4) 317-150: standardizing (fixed texts) 5) 150 on: most rigid (standardized texts) Reading Greek Epic Iliad Book 1 proem (opening) narrative begins Homeric society the Iliad as a “classic” Odyssey Book 2 social institutions perspective (compare the Iliad ) Telemachos & the Suitors the Odyssey as a “classic” Works and Days lines 1-382 Hesiodic epic (person vs. persona; didactic epic) [Dillon 3.1-2] Hesiod vs. Perses social institutions: legal, kings ( basileis ) argument by example: Prometheus & Pandora; 5 Ages of Mankind; hawk & nightingale view of gods Early Greek Epic: Conclusions traditional, pre-literate art form expressing big ideas about culture Hellenic identity elite perspective epic communities epics as classics...
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