Classics@14: Dué-Ebbott

The Homer Multitext and the System of Homeric Epic Casey Dué, University of Houston, and Mary Ebbott, College of the Holy Cross The work of Milman Parry and Albert Lord demonstrated that the oral tradition of the Homeric epics is a system that is good and useful for composition-in-performance and… Read more

Classics@14: Grintser

Common Grief: Weeping Over Hector and Rāma [1] Nikolay P. Grintser, School of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration One of the main advantages of the line of inquiry opened by the path-breaking works of Milman Parry… Read more

Classics@14: Jensen

Menelaus in the Odyssey: Introducing the “Doubled Pattern” Minna Skafte Jensen, University of Southern Denmark Introduction In The Singer of Tales, A. B. Lord introduced the term ‘patterned narrative’ for texts composed by formulas and themes. In his introductory discussion of patterns, Lord identified patterning on the level of rhythm,… Read more

Classics@14: J. F. Nagy

Heroes and Their Snakes Joseph Falaky Nagy, University of California, Los Angeles In the The Singer of Tales, Albert Lord only briefly mentions the famous traditional ballad of “Marko and Musa,” the earliest printed version of which was collected by Vuk Karadžić from Tešan Podrugović of Gacko, Hercegovina in 1815. Read more

Classics@14: DuBois

Performances, Texts, and Contexts: Olaus Sirma, Johan Turi, and the Dilemma of Reifying a Context-Dependent Oral Tradition Thomas A. DuBois, University of Wisconsin, Madison The Sámi writers Olaus Sirma and Johan Turi described Sámi song tradition for a non-Sámi audience through elaborate narratives of contextualization. The present article examines these… Read more

Classics@14: Davidson

The Written Text as a Metaphor for the Integrity of Oral Composition in Classical Persian Traditions and Beyond Olga M. Davidson, Boston University Introduction The centerpiece of this essay is a brief narrative found in the classical Persian text of the Shāhnāma or ‘Book of Kings’, a monumental poem composed… Read more

Classics@14: Alexander

Tracking the South Slavic Epic Register Ronelle Alexander, University of California, Berkeley The Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature, housed in Harvard University’s Widener Library, offers a unique window into the past, and specifically into the world of Yugoslav oral epic as it existed in the 1930s among a non-literate… Read more

Classics@8: A Homer commentary in progress

Classics@8: A Homer Commentary in Progress Click here to access the Homer Commentary.   Introduction to A Homer commentary in progress By David Elmer, Douglas Frame, Leonard Muellner, and Gregory Nagy Editors/Commenters: Casey Dué, Mary Ebbott, David Elmer, Douglas Frame, Olga Levaniouk, Richard Martin, Leonard Muellner, Gregory Nagy, Corinne Pache, John B. Petropoulos,… Read more

Classics@13: O’Sullivan

Pindar and the Poetics of the Athlete Patrick O’Sullivan One paradox of the study of ancient Greek athletics is that the epinikian odes of Pindar remain a prime source for us, despite revealing so little about the specifics of the events they celebrate. Much of what the poet does tell… Read more

Classics@13: Remijsen and Scharff

Classics@13 The Expression of Identities in Hellenistic Victor Epigrams Sofie Remijsen – Sebastian Scharff The many identities of agonistic victors “The 120th Olympiad. Pythagoras the Magnesian, stadion. Wrestling, Keras the Argive (who tore the hooves of a cow).” [1] The Olympiad list copied by… Read more