Online Literary Criticism Collection
Homer (approx. 8th century B.C.E. – approx. 8th century B.C.E.)
|Periods: Greek: Classical|
Author of the Iliad and the Odyssey.
- Did Homer Sing at Lefkandi?
- “Some recent studies, however, question this Grundprinzip of literary history and suggest that Homer belongs not so much in Ionia as on the island of Euboea, where the Iliad and the Odyssey were written down.”
- Contains: Criticism
- Author: Barry B. Powell
- From: Electronic Antiquity Vol. 1 no. 2 July 1993
- Epic and Rhetoric: Speech-making and Persuasion in Homer and Apollonius
- “The topic, in a sense, is a bogus one — speech-making and persuasion in Homer and Apollonius. There are speakers and speeches enough in Greek epic, but, at least in Homer and Apollonius, there is little recognizable rhetorical elaboration of the classical kind.”
- Contains: Criticism
- Author: Peter Toohey
- From: Arachnion n. 1.1, May 1995
- A Guided Web Tour of Homer’s Greece: Links
- Extensive links on the background of Homer’s works, especially sites on archaelogy in areas referred to in the Homeric epics.
- Contains: Webliography
- Author: Steven Hale
- The Homer Homepage
- An extremely useful page with links to resources on Homer as well as both The Iliad and The Odyssey. Not every site recommended here is listed in the Online Literary Criticism Collection, so be sure to utilize this resource.
- Contains: Extensive Bio, Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography, Webliography,
- Author: Dr. Steven Hale
- Homeric Questions
- The first in a series of articles on Homer and his works, each of which has some useful analysis and links to further reading; the articles include: The Discovery of Troy, The Great Homer Nodding, But is it Troy?, Tale of Troy or Iliad?, Mycenean Culture, and Odysseus the Stranger.
- Contains: Commentary, Criticism
- Author: K. Kris Hirst
- The Performance of Homeric Epic
- First in a series of scholarly essays on Homeric epic performance. They are all available from this page, and include: “Introduction to the Topic of Homeric Performance” by Steve Reece, “Thunder but no Clouds: the Genesis of the Homeric Text” by Richard Janko, “Performance Dynamics and the Internal Audiences of the Odyssey” by Lillian Doherty, “Homer and South Slavic Epic” by John Miles Foley (hint: delete the extra ” mark at the end of the link from the main page to make it load properly) and “Homer and Appalachian Bluegrass” by John Wright.
- Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography
- Author: Steve Reece and others
- From: Didaskalia vol.3 no.3 http://didaskalia.berkeley.edu/
- This site contains basic information on what we know about Homer (very little) and some details of The Iliad and The Odyssey and their significance in literature. Part of a project created by college undergraduates, under the supervision of their professor.
- Contains: Sketch, Commentary, Works List, Bibliography
- Author: Angela DeHaven
- From: Greek Civilization Home Page
- Perseus Encyclopedia: Homer
- An extensive entry on the poet and his work.
- Contains: Full Bio, Commentary, Bibliography
- From: Perseus Encyclopedia
- The Classic Text: Traditions and Interpretations: Homer
- Part of “The Classic Text: Traditions and Interpretations”, an online exhibit which “examines some of the high spots of the western literary canon. It explores the foundations of their iconographic standing, demonstrating how they arrive at this status through a variety of means, and not always on the basis of their literary worth. The exhibition gives special focus to how printers, publishers, editors, illustrators, and translators have used the icon of the classic text as a venue for their own agendas.”
- Author: Christopher Barth, Virginia Haas, Sarah McDanie
- From: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee – Special Collections Library
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