Rowman and Littlefield | Nine Essays on Homer, edited by Miriam Carlisle and Olga Levaniouk

Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Foreword by Gregory Nagy, General Editor

Nine Essays on HomerNine Essays on Homer, edited by Miriam Carlisle and Olga Levaniouk, is a volume that evolved out of a 1997 Homer Seminar in Harvard University’s Classics Department. That year, the seminar was conducted jointly by Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule and myself, and it was attended regularly by Charles Segal (traces of whose helpful advice are evident on many a page). Eight of the original seminarians, plus an enatos coopted by them, have put together a set of essays that achieve a unity of purpose in their systematic application of methods originally perfected at Harvard by Milman Parry and Albert Lord in the course of their pioneering research on living oral poetic traditions.
The methodological expertise of the nine contributors is matched by their sharp appreciation of the mechanics and esthetics of Homeric poetry. All nine treat Homer as literature, and they do so in rigorously historical terms, keeping foremost in mind the literary reception of Homer in the Classical era and beyond.
This book’s scholarly ambidexterity in literature on the one hand and in history, archaeology, and art history on the other reflects the intellectual legacy of Emily Vermeule at Harvard. Her own cumulative work as a Classicist has been a model of interdisciplinarity for this book—and it may shine as an ideal for the entire “Greek Studies” series.

—Gregory Nagy

Building on the foundations of scholarship within the disciplines of philology, philosophy, history, and archaeology, the Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches series published by Rowman & Littlefield concerns not just the archaic and classical periods of Greek traditions but the whole continuum—along with all the discontinuities—from the second millennium BCE to the present. The aim is to enhance perspectives by applying various disciplines to problems that have in the past been treated as the exclusive concern of a single given discipline. Besides the crossing-over of the older disciplines, as in the case of historical and literary studies, the series encourages the application of such newer ones as linguistics, sociology, anthropology, and comparative literature. It also encourages encounters with current trends in methodology, especially in the realm of literary theory.
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