Aspects of the composition of the Homeric epics
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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