The hypothesis that the Homeric epics are the products of a formulaic mode
of composition characteristic of an oral tradition has for the iast fifty years
dominated Homeric research. The theories of Milman Parry and his
followers have undoubtedly expanded our understanding of some of the
processes which make composition possible. But these same theories, in
arguing for a text produced by a tradition, and not by a creative poet, have
frustrated the scholar who wishes to come to terms with...[Show more]
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