CLA237H5 Chapter Notes - Chapter 6: Plat, Uch, Hexameter

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Chapter 6- Homer
The Homeric Question
-Homer became basis for Greek education
-Source for knowing what Greeks were thinking in the 8th century BC
-No primary sources for Homer’s life, for where he lived or when
Friedrich August Wolf
-If Homer lived in a world w/o writing, how could he have written poems?
-A lot of inconsistencies
Milman Parry and Oral Poetry
-Dactylic Hexameter in homer’s writing noticed by Parry
Homer and the Invention of Plot
-Homer’s poems are oldest surviving examples of Western literature
-There is little that cant be anticipated in earlier literatures in the Near East, except the transcendence of plot
-In near eastern literature, events are strung together one after the other as beads on a string
-Homer first poet who worked with a ceogzniably modern plot
-Plot has 3 parts: beginning, middle, end
The Comic Odyssey
-Iliad describes man at odds with society, Odyssey is about a man who journeys far, suffers much, then returns to his proper place in
society
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