Rediscovering Homer by Andrew Dalby
Inside the Origins of the Epic

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Who created the Odyssey and the Iliad? A portrait of the poet and the world.

Scholar Andrew Dalby delves into the world that first heard the Odyssey and the Iliad, and asks new questions about the poet named Homer. Dalby follows the growth of the legend of Troy from its kernel of historical truth, and retraces the succession of singers who re-created the unforgettable story for generations of audiences. He asks why the two great epics at last crossed the frontier from song to writing, and how this astonishing transformation from the singer's mouth to the goatskin page was achieved. A gifted detective of the classical world, Dalby finds new approaches to the personality of Homer, showing how the earliest evidence has been misread. He makes a powerful case that both poems are the work of a single poet and comes to an ultimate conclusion that will surprise even serious classical scholars: Homer was most likely a woman.

About Andrew Dalby

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Andrew Dalby is an historian and linguist with a longstanding interest in oral literature. He has written about food, wine, and pleasure in the ancient world. He lives in France.
Published July 24, 2006 by W. W. Norton. 320 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Late in this look at Homer's two great epic poems and the context out of which they grew, Dalby presents his audacious thesis: Homer, he would have us believe, was a woman.

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But how could a poem as long as The Iliad or TheOdyssey—each of which would have taken at least three days to perform—have been composed without the use of writing?

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