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Cover DueEbbott (large)Iliad 10 and the Poetics of Ambush

Iliad 10 has historically been the epic’s most doubted book and the book least likely to be judged “Homeric.” In the course of this monograph Dué and Ebbott move beyond what are essentially Analyst or Unitarian positions in order to pose new questions about this poetry. Dué and Ebbott confront deeply entrenched ideas about the Doloneia. Ignoring or only barely acknowledging Iliad 10 is a strategy employed by many scholars, who likely feel they must ignore it so as not to incur the charge of making arguments about Homer based on an “interpolated,” “un-Homeric,” or otherwise problematic text. Nevertheless, the authors feel that there is an entirely different way of treating this book. Rather than dismiss it as “un-Homeric” or pass over it in silence, they propose to show that Iliad 10 offers us unique insight into such important topics as the process of composition-in-performance, the traditional themes of Archaic Greek epic, the nature of the hero, and the creativity and artistry of the oral traditional language.

The Ephebe's Journey  |  August 1-2

Becoming a Citizen and Leader in Ancient Greece and Modern America

This two-day workshop will introduce those with an interest in civic participation and leadership to aspects of democracy, one of the ancient world’s most lasting legacies. We will focus on the type of democracy, which the Athenians developed and practiced during the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. 

No prior knowledge of the ancient world is required. Preparation will involve reading Philoctetes, a play by Sophocles, which Athenians experienced during the Festival of Dionysus in 409 BCE. Philoctetes depicts the coming-of-age story of Neoptolemus, the son of Achilles, who wrestles with ethical and political questions about how best to serve his community’s cause in the Trojan War.  Learn more.

The deadline to submit applications: July 11, 2014.

Homer Multitext Seminar | June 19 - July 3

Over the past few weeks, teams of undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors convened at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC for the 2014 Homer Multitext summer seminar. The seminar provided an introduction to fundamental ideas about the oral composition and transmission of the epics, and basic training in editing digital texts. This year's seminar focused on scroll 12 of the Iliad and associated scholia.

Homer Multitext

The Homer Multitext project, the first of its kind in Homeric studies, presents the textual transmission of the Iliad and Odyssey in a historical framework. It offers free access to a library of texts and images, a machine-interface to that library and its indices, and tools to allow readers to discover and engage with the Homeric tradition.

HMT Editors Casey Dué and Mary Ebbott are working to advance our understanding of oral poetics and multiformity in the Homeric tradition. In a recent post, Dué notes: "One of the central research questions that drives the Homer Multitext is this: 'How do you make a critical edition of an oral tradition, like that of the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey, that spanned a thousand years or more? What is the best way to represent the textual history of songs that were created in and for performance, but survive only in textual forms from later eras?'" Dué and Ebbott are now also "live blogging" about their research on oral poetics. Don't miss their latest post: Walk On Characters in the Iliad!


Image: Detail from the Venetus A, folio 154, verso.  The opening of Iliad 12 with scholia.