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By Susan Sherratt,John Bennett,John Bennet

ISBN-10: 1785702955

ISBN-13: 9781785702952

The courting among the Homeric epics and archaeology has lengthy suffered combined fortunes, swinging among 'fundamentalist' makes an attempt to exploit archaeology with a purpose to show the fundamental historicity of the epics and their history, and outright rejection of the concept archaeology is in a position to contributing something in any respect to our knowing and appreciation of the epics. Archaeology and the Homeric Epic concentrates much less on historicity in desire of exploring numerous different, probably occasionally extra indirect, ways that we will be able to use a multidisciplinary process – archaeology, philology, anthropology and social background – to assist provide insights into the epics, the contexts in their in all probability lengthy production, features in their 'prehistory', and what they might have stood for at numerous instances of their lengthy oral and written background. the consequences of the Homeric epics at the background and well known reception of archaeology, particularly within the specific context of contemporary Germany, can be a topic that's explored right here. individuals discover quite a few matters together with the relationships among visible and verbal imagery, the social contexts of epic (or sub-epic) construction or new version, the jobs of bards and their relationships to varieties of consumers and audiences, the development and makes use of of 'history' as traceable via either epic and archaeology and the connection among 'prehistoric' (oral) and 'historical' (recorded in writing) classes. all through, the emphasis is on context and its relevance to the construction, transmission, new edition and manipulation of epic within the current (or near-present) in addition to within the old Greek past.

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